Midland student among five in U.S. selected to attend International Science School

Brianna Ortiz, set to become a senior at Legacy High in Midland, 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, according to Midland ISD.

The prestitigous, three-week program, which begins June 26, promises to “shape [students’] future in the field of space sciences,” the school district stated.

Scientists, engineers and educators will engage students through hands-on activities, simulations and lectures on subjects related to the aerospace industry, such as space, rocketry and robotics.

Team-building exercises, problem-solving challenges, and space mission simulations will empower students with “essential skills such as leadership, critical thinking, and effective communication,” the school district said.

Brianna called the opportunity “a dream come true.”

“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,” she said.