Sign Your Students Up for the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program!

Peter Kavouras

The Idaho State Department of Education and NASA Aerospace Scholars with the support of Idaho business, industry, and education partners, have teamed up to provide an exciting opportunity for Idaho high school juniors at no cost to participants.

The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) is a competitive program that allows high school juniors to take an interactive online course with NASA developed curriculum related to space exploration that teaches a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills aligned with Idaho Core Standards.

The ISAS curriculum was developed by NASA Johnson Space Center and Idaho Digital Learning Academy and is offered from January through May. This award-winning course consists of eight online units and a semester project that allow students to build their knowledge of space exploration and its relationship to Idaho STEM. Master educators will work with students online throughout the course. At the completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to participate in Capstone Events at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls, and Gowen Field in Boise. Based on their performance in the course, students will be invited to participate in a seven day residential summer academy at Boise State University and NASA Ames Research Center in California. Students will receive one high school science elective credit for successful completion of the online curriculum or may register for concurrent enrollment with Boise State University for a fee.

At the ISAS Summer Academy, students will be exposed to STEM mentors and master educators at Boise State University and the NASA Ames Research Center. They will undertake a mentored team simulated human mission to Mars and will be immersed in hands-on Idaho STEM activities.

One student wrote, "The Academy exceeded my expectations in all ways. I would participate a thousand times over if possible. The academy strengthened my resolve to pursue a STEM career. I was deeply considering following the STEM path in college, but the academy has opened my eyes and confirmed my decision. The most valuable portion in my mind was the visit to NASA Ames Research Center. Thank you for allowing me to take part in such a great opportunity. This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life."

To apply, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen and Idaho resident
  • Be a high school junior with an interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Be at least 16 years of age and have parental permission
  • Commit to all aspects of the ISAS program
  • Have internet access and e-mail (home, school, or public library)

If you know of any high school juniors who have a passion for STEM subjects, please urge them to apply for this outstanding program. The application deadline is December 9, 2013. To apply, download the application and instructions at http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/science/ISAS/.

If you have questions about the program or are interested in becoming a Teacher Mentor, please contact Peter Kavouras at (208) 332-6975 or pgkavouras@sde.idaho.gov.