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BHS student is Aerospace Scholar
Samarth Subbukumar of Bainbridge High School has been chosen to participate in the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
The program is a competitive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for high school juniors from across Washington state and is an affiliate of NASA Johnson Space Center’s National High School Aerospace Scholars program.
Subbukumar is one of 214 scholars from 112 schools in Washington who are in Phase One of the program.
They will spend the next two months continuing to compete for one of the 160 slots available in a summer residency session held at The Museum of Flight this June and July.
To qualify for the summer residency, students must satisfactorily complete 10 online lessons, consisting of research essays, space-related math problems, and detailed graphics that illustrate their ideas.
If these students move on to the summer residency experience, they will collaborate with other student participants on the design of a human mission to Mars guided by professional engineers, scientists, university students and certified educators.
Founded in 2006 by five-time NASA shuttle astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar, the program’s primary goal is to excite and prepare student to pursue careers pathways in STEM fields.
By using a distance-learning curriculum, designed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington, the program gives students the opportunity to explore topics such as the history of human spaceflight and the impacts of space weather on future human exploration of the universe.
A partnership with the University of Washington also gives Phase One participants the option to receive five University of Washington credits in Space and Space Travel for their successful completion of the online Phase One curriculum.