May 16, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 20

Murph chosen for Johnson Space Center Camp

Petersburg High School student, Diane Murph has been chosen as one of 90 female students from across the nation to attend Johnson Space Center camp this summer as a Women in STEM high school aerospace scholars, WISH, participant.

Shelly Pope
Diane Murph was recently chosen as one of 90 students to attend a summer workshop at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

“The top 90 were chosen from 312 finalists in this program,” Murph said. “I had to take an extra class for one semester focusing on aerospace knowledge and careers.”

The WISH program is facilitated by NASA and is part of an interactive learning experience with students completing lessons covering past, current and future space exploration.

These students competed to attend the summer workshop at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where they will have the opportunity to work alongside female NASA engineers and interns to design a mission to Mars.

This program is put in place to help bridge the gender gap and get more women interested in the aerospace field.

“In this class, one of the projects was to design our own rocket that could go to Mars,” Murph explained. “We also had to design a colony that would survive on Mars and anticipate what problems could arise and figure out how to fix them.”

Murph, who is the first representative from Alaska, is only one of 33 states that has been represented in the program.

“This was a really tough class and one of the hardest I have ever taken,” Murph said. “We really had to think outside the box and there was nothing ordinary or basic about it.”

The 90 students who will participate were chosen based on their grades and project difficulty.

“I am proud to have been selected for this trip,” Murph stated. “I am really looking forward to learning more and

getting a hands on look at what makes space exploration possible.”

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