Issaquah, Skyline students blast into aerospace program

July 19, 2011

By Staff

Four students from the Issaquah School District will soon be studying a manned mission to Mars.

In November, 290 students applied for the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program at The Museum of Flight. After months of homework from the program, the top 160 students — Neha Saraf and Keith Luu, from Issaquah High School, and Andrea Liu and Andrew Pedroni, from Skyline High School — earned places in the camp’s summer residency programs.

The students will team up with other high school juniors from across the state, participating in hands-on engineering challenges, such as the design, construction and deployment of robotic rovers, model rockets, lander devices and payload lofting systems.

Summer residency participants will also receive briefings from experts in the fields of engineering, science, physics, medicine, project management, risk management and space exploration, including briefings from Bonnie Dunbar, an Issaquah resident and retired NASA astronaut.

Students will visit Everett for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Boeing Commercial Airplane assembly plant — including the 787 Dreamliner — and tour Aerojet’s Redmond facilities and the engineering laboratories at the University of Washington.

Follow the students during their summer adventures. Follow on Twitter @WASMission2Mars.

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