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Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars seeks volunteer subject matter experts

During the second half of July, the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program will have dozens of highly motivated high school students from across Idaho participating in week-long virtual experiences, in which they will collaborate on the design of a future human mission to the surface of Mars.

The scholars program is seeking science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industry professionals and experts to virtually support these students as subject matter experts for questions that arise during the students’ week of mission planning. The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program is planning to have virtual office hours during which students can contact subject matter experts and expect a quick reply via email, phone call or video chat.

This competitive program allows high school juniors from across Idaho to take an engaging online NASA-developed course on space exploration that teaches a broad range of STEM skills. Students who successfully complete this spring semester class have the opportunity to participate in a week-long Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Summer Academy hosted at Boise State University and NASA Ames Research Center, where they will engage in hands-on STEM experiences and work in teams to plan a simulated human mission to Mars.

Due to COVID-19, the year’s two summer experiences will be held virtually on the following dates:

    • July 12-18
    • July 26-Aug. 1

To participate, please download and fill out theĀ volunteer subject matter expert form, and email it to program director Sharon Cates at by July 7.