Summer Experiences

NESSP partners, including CWU, the Museum of Flight, OMSI, Montana Learning Center, and the Pacific Science Center, offer summer enrichment opportunities for students throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Programs are free, low-cost, or offer scholarships to qualifying students.

Washington Aerospace Scholar at the Museum of Flight

WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (WAS) is an online distance learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high school juniors interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career pathways through the exploration of space and space travel. Students that successfully complete the online curriculum can earn five units of college credit from the University of Washington, and are invited to a multi-day Summer Residency at The Museum of Flight. During the Summer Residency, students have the opportunity to tour local aerospace organizations and work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, and university students to plan a human mission to space.

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  • Age: High School
  • Location: Online Course, Residential Camp at Museum of Flight
  • When: Spring-Summer

Montana Aerospace Scholars

The Montana Aerospace Scholars Program allows students to explore STEM education and career pathways while interacting with like-minded peers across the state.

  • Age: High School
  • Location: Online Course, Residential Camp at the Montana Learning Center outside Helena, MT
  • When: Phase 1 (April to May), Phase 2 (July 5-7th, 2023)

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Summer Academy at CWU

Summer Academy is a free, weeklong residential program hosted on the Ellensburg campus of Central Washington University. Students with a strong interest in science, engineering, and math are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to low-income, underrepresented, first-generation college-bound students. All materials, overnight accommodations, meals, and transportation during the week are provided. Transportation to and from the Summer Academy is the student’s responsibility.


  • Live in the dorms during the week (simulates a college-going experience)
  • Work in small groups
  • Build a rocket and program a robot.

Explore Mars Academy

Students entering grades 9 and 10 in the upcoming fall will journey to space as they plan a mission to return samples from Mars. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn about planetary geology, space flight, robots, and rockets.

  • Age: rising 9th and 10th-grade students
  • Location: Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA
  • When: July 21-26, 2024

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Red Tailed Hawks Aerospace Science Camp

Aerospace Science Camp is a three-day experiential learning experience for teams of rising 6th-8th grade students. Held the first weekend in August (Friday-Sunday), this fun, hands-on camp will introduce key science, engineering, and mathematical concepts that are important to the technology of the aerospace industry. We will also ground the campers in history as we help them imagine themselves shaping the future. Learn more and apply.

  • Age: Middle School
  • Location: Day camp in Seattle, WA
  • When: August