STV school makes it to finals in aerospace challenge

The annual competition challenges fifth through eighth grade students to enhance their knowledge of space technology through the development of an international lunar base. Teams were tasked with building a physical scale model and presenting sustainability plans for a crew of 50 people for more than two years.

More than 1,000 students participated in the preliminary competition earlier this month, and the following six teams were selected as finalists:
•Genesis – Saint Simon and Jude Catholic School
•I.L.H.M.C. – Kyrene Centennial Middle School
•Nerds from Neptune – Kyrene Middle School
•T.R.E.A.D. – no school affiliation
•Galactic Warriors – Tri-City Christian Academy
•Lunar Extravaganza – Copper Basin K-8

The finalists are competing for a week-long experience at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

Former astronaut Edward Gibson will speak about his experiences at NASA to Honeywell Aerospace Challenge finalists, attendees and media before the presentation of the winning team. During his 14-year career with NASA, Gibson held the American record for time in space, having spent 84 straight days aboard Skylab, America’s first space station.

Team Genesis from Saint Simon and Jude School, were the 17th Annual Honeywell Aerospace Challenge winners.

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