Gold Star

March 8, 2011

Eight students aim for space

Aerospace Scholars

Eight students from the Issaquah School District have passed the first hurdle for making The Museum of Flight’s renowned Washington Aerospace Scholars program.

The students include Keith Luu and Neha Saraf, of Issaquah High School; and Matthew Knuth (from left), Andrew Pedroni, Christian Caldwell, Albert Ng, Andrea Liu and Ben Walzer, of Skyline High School, pictured above.

A total of 287 high school juniors statewide made the first cut. Finalists must complete 10 lessons and submit quizzes, math problems, essays and graphics through May. The top 160 scholars will win an all-expense paid summer residency to The Museum of Flight

Gold Star

October 19, 2010

Aerospace scholars graduate

Six Issaquah School District students have graduated from the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program, including Dominique Porcincula, Justin Hall and James Richardson, of Skyline High School; and Josiah Lim, Joseph Tom and Andrew Meigs, of Issaquah High School.

The 2010 WAS Summer Residency, hosted by The Museum of Flight, instructs high school juniors to design a human trip to Mars. The free program introduces students to local engineers, scientists and university students as they plan their space missions.

Apply here or call 206-764-5866 before the Nov. 5 deadline.

Issaquah students accepted into flight museum’s Aerospace Scholars Program

July 13, 2010

Michael Rheaume, Andrew Meigs, Joseph Tom, Josiah Lim and Amy Spens, all of Issaquah, are participating in one of four Washington Aerospace Scholars program Summer Residency sessions at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Washington Aerospace Scholars is a competitive educational program for high school juniors from across Washington state.

The scholars are among 160 students who qualified for the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program from 247 students who applied in November. To qualify, they spent six months studying a NASA-designed, distance-learning curriculum via the Internet. They have been selected to attend one of four residencies hosted at The Museum of Flight in Seattle this summer based on their academic performance on the distance-learning lessons.

During the residency experience, they will collaborate with other student participants on the design of a human mission to Mars. WAS scholars are guided by professional engineers, scientists, university students and certified educators as they plan these missions. The WAS program is designed to inspire students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math, but the students are divided into teams, which also require them to learn about mission management, budgets, the legal aspects of space exploration and medicine. Read more

Council supports effort to acquire space shuttle

June 29, 2010

King County Council members cleared a space shuttle for landing June 28.

The council offered support to a push by The Museum of Flight to acquire a decommissioned orbiter. The council approved the ceremonial measure a day before the museum broke ground on a facility to house a space exhibit and, maybe, a space shuttle.

Issaquah resident and former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar leads the effort to acquire the spacecraft for the Seattle museum.

NASA will retire the three orbiters by next year. Museums across the nation hope to net the shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour. The space agency has promised the shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and state legislators offered support — and $3 million — to help land a shuttle for Washington.

Museum leaders touted the facility as a smart choice for a shuttle, because the museum sits amid a population center and adjacent to the type of airfield needed to deliver a shuttle. The museum also talked up the aerospace heritage inherent in the region. In addition, several astronauts hail from the Pacific Northwest, including Dunbar, a Washington native.

County Council supports Issaquah astronaut’s effort to acquire space shuttle

June 28, 2010

NEW — 4:35 p.m. June 28, 2010

King County Council members cleared a space shuttle for landing Monday afternoon.

The council offered support to a push by The Museum of Flight to acquire a decommissioned orbiter. The council approved the ceremonial measure a day before the museum breaks ground on a facility to house a space exhibit and, maybe, a space shuttle.

Issaquah resident and former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar leads the effort to acquire the spacecraft for the Seattle museum.

NASA will retire the three orbiters by next year. Museums across the nation hope to net the shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour. The space agency has promised the shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution.

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Local former astronaut hopes to land space shuttle for museum

April 20, 2010

Issaquah resident and former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar will step down as CEO of The Museum of Flight in July to focus on acquiring a decommissioned space shuttle for the Seattle museum.

NASA will retire the three orbiters by next year. Museums across the nation hope to net the shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour. The space agency has promised the shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and state legislators offered support — and $3 million — to help land a shuttle for Washington. The Museum of Flight plans to add exhibition space, called the Space Gallery, to house a shuttle.

“Thanks to the governor and Legislature, the state’s capital budget included $3 million for a Space Gallery to house the space shuttle and other space exploration artifacts,” Dunbar said in a news release. “It brings us to three-quarters of our goal which we expect to reach soon. In the meantime, we are hard at work on a design for the gallery.”

Dunbar will step down as CEO on July 1. Michael Hallman, a museum trustee and a former Boeing and Microsoft executive, has already started handling day-to-day operations for the museum. Read more

4Culture gives $18,000 for caboose restoration

December 8, 2009

With $18,000 from 4Culture, the Issaquah History Museums will restore this 1942 caboose. Contributed

With $18,000 from 4Culture, the Issaquah History Museums will restore this 1942 caboose. Contributed

A 1942 caboose displayed at the Issaquah Train Depot — and crumbling due to water damage — will be restored with $18,000 from the county cultural services agency.

The caboose, a key piece of the Issaquah History Museums’ collection, needs repairs to undo decades’ worth of weather and wear. The grant from 4Culture will pay for about half the renovation cost, and museums volunteers will ask donors to help cover the remainder.

The money, doled out as part of the Heritage Cultural Facilities Program, comes from a portion of the King County Lodging Tax, a credit on the state sales tax charged on every hotel, motel, inn and bed-and-breakfast room. Besides the Issaquah caboose, 10 other facility projects will receive a total of $328,835.

The money is intended for the purchase, design, construction and remodeling of heritage facilities, and to buy equipment intended to be used for at least a decade. For the caboose, the money will be used to weatherize the cupola, a raised portion of the roof outfitted with windows, remove rust and ready the interior for hands-on and interpretive exhibits.

Museums Director Erica Maniez said the grant would prove critical, because a caboose is a key piece for a railway museum — and a big draw for tourists and school groups. Read more

Issaquah astronaut honored

September 15, 2009

The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight

Secretary of State Sam Reed, Issaquah resident Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar and First Gentleman Mike Gregoire (from left) at the Sept. 8 Legacy Project ceremony. Dunbar, the first female astronaut from Washington, and president and CEO of The Museum of Flight in Seattle, is being immortalized by a state oral-history project. ‘It is a real treat for Washingtonians and people around the globe to learn more about the Bonnie Dunbar story,’ Reed said in a news release. ‘She literally saw that the sky was the limit, and through an excellent work ethic, a top-notch education and family support, she excelled in a male-dominated field and flew five missions in space.’

Issaquah astronaut to be honored by state

September 8, 2009

NEW — 10:55 a.m. Sept. 8, 2009

Issaquah resident Bonnie Dunbar, the first female astronaut from Washington, will be immortalized by a state oral-history project.

Dunbar, president and CEO of The Museum of Flight in Seattle, will tell her life story to researchers from The Legacy Project, a program established last year to document the lives of noteworthy Washingtonians.

A ceremony commemorating Dunbar will be held at 2 p.m. today at the museum. Watch the ceremony live on TVW or on the Web.

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Students complete Aerospace Scholars Program

November 25, 2008

Building rockets, completing assignments and planning a manned mission to Mars.

Science class this is not. Instead, these are among the activities offered in the Washington Aerospace Scholars program. Read more

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