High Altitude Balloon Academy: About

Who is eligible?

We are looking for college-bound students residing in Oregon or Washington state who will enter the 11th or 12th grade (16 to 17 years-old) in the upcoming Fall academic year and have a strong interest in science, engineering, and math.  We will consider all applicants, but preference will be given to low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented minorities.

How much does the HAB Academy cost?

The HAB Academy is free, including materials, overnight accommodations, and food. We do not provide transportation to and from the HAB Academy.  

When is the HAB Academy?

The HAB Academy usually runs from Sunday to Friday in late summer. Participants check in on Sunday and are picked up following the completion ceremony on Friday afternoon. 

Where will students stay?

Students will stay in dorms on the Central Washington University campus.  Most activities will occur on campus; however, students will also go on a field trip.  We require all participants to stay on campus even if they live nearby. Students will eat in the dining halls on campus. 


What will the students be doing?

Students will do various structured educational hands-on activities, including writing computer programs, building sensors, and working in groups to design a high-altitude balloon experiment.  We will provide all materials. No previous experience is necessary.  

Have more questions?

Please send an email to info@nwessp.org.