Richland — A Hanford High School student is still in the running for a spot at an aerospace summer residency program in Seattle.
Junior Nathan Mars is one of 214 students who has completed online lessons and is still eligible for one of 160 slots in the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at the Museum of Flight, a release said. More than 300 students originally applied for the program.
Founded by a NASA astronaut in 2006, the six-day residency aims to interest and prepare students for science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, careers. Boeing, the GenCorp Foundation and Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium sponsor the program along with indivdual donors.
More than 2000 high school students have participated in the program and more than 70 percent have gone into STEM-related fields.
Mars must complete at least three more lessons, which cover space-related math, essays and graphics, before being accepted to the program.