NASA’s WISH Program: Helping Young Girls Pursue Their Dreams

NASA Wish  ProgramThis year, NASA is offering an incredible opportunity for girls like me to pursue their passion for space exploration. NASA is inviting female high school juniors from across the nation to participate in their 2013 Women In STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program. This looks like an amazing opportunity! I hope lots of high school junior girls take advantage of this great program!

The program will consist of online forums that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics. Many of the online lessons explore past, present and future space exploration. The completion of the online activities will qualify participants for a six-day summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. At that incredible experience, participants will work with mentors to design a mission to Mars, present their mission to NASA personnel and community leaders and interact with NASA female role models as well as other scientists and engineers in order to learn more about STEM careers.

Applications, which are due on January 3rd, are open to female U.S. citizens who are juniors in high school. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, have reliable Internet and email access, must be able to commit to the project for a full year, and will be able to participate in the 2013 summer program. And one of the best parts about the experience? It’s sponsored by NASA’s Education Flights Project Office and doesn’t cost participants anything! This looks like an amazing opportunity – I wish I could apply! To learn more about this incredible program, visit NASA’s WISH page.

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