Students from around the state attended the first Washington Aerospace Scholars program in Montana this week at Canyon Ferry.
The Seattle-based Museum of Flight held the multi-day camp at the Montana Learning Center.
Student activities included designing a robotic mission to Mars under the guidance of professional scientists and engineers.
The campers had to budget their rover and determine the most cost-effective way to complete the mission.
Program teachers said the best part was witnessing the students' confidence build during the program.
Park High Junior Sonia Bornemann said that right before she left for the trip, she became nervous about being as intelligent as the other attendees and almost backed out.
“I’m so glad that I came,” said Bornemann, “It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve got to meet so many new people from around Montana.”
Melissa Edwards with the Museum of Flight said that all of the kids are brilliant but a lot of them just need to see that they can do the work in exchange for an extra boost.