Idaho, Utah and Nevada Education is Ready for Lift Off

Friday, October 22 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Thirty students from Idaho, Nevada and Utah are preparing for the educational experience of a lifetime. The middle school students will travel to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the last launch of the Discovery space shuttle on Nov. 1. The trip is a part of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium’s Summer of Innovation program, which began in June.

The NASA ISGC’s Summer of Innovation is a three-year, totaling nearly $1 million funded by NASA. The mission of the program is to bring science, math, engineering and technology to the forefront of education focusing directly on low-income areas with high minority populations. Each of the students attending the shuttle launch took part in the first phase of the program, a five-day camp that took place within the summer months.

The launch will be the first of many stops for the participants. Throughout their five-day venture, the students will also explore the city and receive a private tour of the Kennedy Space Center.

The students attending from Idaho include: Delinda Cruz, Luis Esquibel, Ryne Fuentes, Robert Juarez, Tony Loughmiller, Hector Magana, Maria Mojica, Kelsi Morales, Natalie Paredes, Dakota Thomas, Novik Thomas, Yesenia Thomas and Josue Voctorino.

Also attending from Nevada are: Ervin Harney, Wa-Ya Hilderbrand, Kassidy Hunter, Tracy Kelly, Indiara Modesto, Marco Ovando, Destany Pete, Richard Pete, Kursti Strawbuck and Aunna Woods.

Utah participants include; Jonathon Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Skyler Madison, Jan McCarl, Jonathan McCarl, Sarah McCarl and Schuyler Rock.

A second launch event is planned for summer 2011, and will be open to the summer of innovation participants from the remaining sites.

Photos, videos and updates about the trip will be posted frequently from Florida on the NASA ISGC’s Facebook, Twitter and website:
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The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium was established in 1991 as part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The ISGC comprises 22 institutions including all colleges and universities in the state, science centers and museums, science organizations, state departments, industry representatives, a state park, and a national monument.

About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

Media Contacts: Becky Highfill, ISGC Program Coordinator, (208) 885-4934,; or Shandy Lam, Communications Assistant, (208) 885-6438, View more online at

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit