Students selected for aerospace residency at The Museum of Flight

June 26, 2012

By Staff

Several of the Issaquah School District’s own have been accepted into this summer’s Washington Aerospace Scholars Program.

Spencer Schiefelbein, Tiffany Chiang, Alison Chiu and Alexander Liu, from Skyline High School, and Hunter Sapienza, from Issaquah High School, will join students from across the state to participate in one of four weeklong residencies at The Museum of Flight.

Launched in 2006, the program was designed to inspire students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. This year, 297 high school juniors applied for the program. To qualify, they spent five months outside of their normal student duties studying an online NASA-designed curriculum. Of the 297 applicants, 160 were selected for the program.

Chiang and Chiu are set to attend session two June 24-29, Schiefelbein and Liu will be in session three July 8-13 and Sapienza will take part in session four July 15-20. During their residencies the students will collaborate with peers on the design of a human mission to Mars.

Divided into teams, the students will learn about mission management, budgets, the legal aspects of space exploration and medicine. In addition, program participants will also take part in challenges including design, construction and deployment of robotic rovers, model rockets, lander devices and payload lofting systems.

They will also receive briefings from experts in the fields of engineering, science, physics, medicine, project management, risk management and space exploration, such as Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, a retired NASA astronaut. Field trips will include tours of the Boeing Commercial Airplane assembly plant, Aerojet’s Redmond facilities and the engineering laboratories at the University of Washington.

Applications for next year’s program will be accepted in early September. Download an application at

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