MISD student to participate in international space program

MISD student to participate in international space program

Rising LHS Senior one of five U.S. students selected for science school in Australia


June 20, 2023 — Rising Legacy High School Senior Brianna Ortiz is one of five students in the U.S. and the only Texan to be selected to attend the International Science School (ISS) this summer in Australia. This prestigious program, designed to ignite young minds and foster a passion for space exploration, provides students with an immersive and educational experience that promises to shape their future in the field of space sciences.


Brianna's space journey started when she participated in MISD's Higher Orbits program Go For Launch! in the Fall of 2021. Go For Launch! provides a hands-on experience for students wanting to learn more about science and space exploration. The program is sponsored by the Midland Development Corporation.


That experience gave her the opportunity to apply for ISS through an extensive application process that included letters of recommendation, writing essays, and an interview. ISS selected Brianna from a highly competitive pool of international applicants who share an enthusiasm for space exploration.


During the program, Brianna will have the privilege of engaging with top-notch scientists, engineers, and educators who will guide her through an array of hands-on activities, simulations, and lectures. This comprehensive training will provide her with invaluable knowledge about space travel, rocketry, robotics, and other essential aspects of the aerospace industry.


"This is a dream come true for me, and I can't wait to immerse myself in the world of space exploration," Brianna said. "When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut, but now I'm interested in becoming an aerospace engineer and building rockets that impact the way we live here on earth."


Brianna says one of the things she's most looking forward to is the opportunity to collaborate with fellow like-minded students from around the world. They will participate in team-building exercises, problem-solving challenges, and space mission simulations, fostering essential skills such as leadership, critical thinking, and effective communication.


The experience gained at ISS will broaden Brianna's horizons and inspire her to pursue a career in the exciting field of space exploration.


Brianna leaves for her three-week adventure in Australia on June 28.


Media Relations Contact:

Sam Eaton

Communications Specialist

432-240-1043 | samuel.eaton@midlandisd.net