Bright, advanced Idaho high school juniors now can compete to get into a new online science and math course offered in partnership with NASA, reports the Spokesman-Review — in part by impressing a local state legislator. State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna joined astronaut Barbara Morgan, now a distinguished educator in residence at Boise State University, to announce the new program, called the Science and Aerospace Scholars Program, on July 30. Students who are successful in the rigorous online course, which is aligned with state education standards, could earn an expenses-paid trip to a weeklong NASA academy in California next summer. Morgan contacted Luna in May about setting up a NASA scholars program. Luna agreed to kick in $100,000 from the state’s Math Initiative, and the program will start this school year, with the 10-week online class beginning in January. The model for Idaho’s program is the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program, and Virginia also has a similar initiative…

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