Maine First State to Offer Scholarships for Middle School Students to Virtually Join International Space Station

Students will take simulated space flight and participate in training and on-orbit experiences while learning vital STEM skills

Maine has become the first state in the nation to offer scholarships for a new cutting-edge middle school science course that takes students on a simulated mission to the International Space Station (ISS) where they learn STEM concepts and skills as if they were part of the station crew. In collaboration with the Maine Space Grant Consortium and the Perloff Family Foundation, The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is currently offering 12 scholarships for Maine students interested in participating in Space Station Academy.

The application deadline is October 15, 2015.

Space Station Academy was developed by VHS, a nonprofit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, in collaboration with Maine teachers, the Maine Space Grant Consortium and the Technical Education Research Center (TERC), a nonprofit research and development organization. “This course offers realistic training and on-orbit experiences to make the students feel as if they are real astronauts,” said VHS Development Director Dan Barstow. “And we’re giving students a chance to have a glimpse of life on the International Space Station.”

You can download the VHS press release and VHS Program Flyer  or contact Jana Hall at the Maine Space Grant Consortium for more information