NASA Announces Student Winners in Space Game Design Challenge

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NASA Announces Student Winners in Space Game Design Challenge

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Three propagandize tyro teams in a fifth by eighth grades have been comparison as a winners of NASA’s second annual Spaced Out Sports challenge. The students designed science-based games that will be played by astronauts aboard a International Space Station (ISS).

The games illustrate and request Newton’s laws of suit by display a differences between Earth’s sobriety and a microgravity sourroundings of a space station. The plea is partial of a broader group preparation bid to rivet students in science, technology, engineering and arithmetic (STEM) activities.

To pattern their game, students use adult to 5 equipment from a two-page list of objects aboard a ISS. The list includes such equipment as socks, practice putty, bungees, string swabs, tape, rubber bands, zipper-top bags, chocolate-covered candies and splash bags.

Students during Pierremont Elementary MOSAICS Academy in Manchester, Mo., warranted a tip esteem with their diversion “Starfield.” In this activity, astronauts will transport by a march to accumulate “power stars” and chuck them by a “black hole target.”

Second-place honors went to students during East Brook Middle School in Paramus, N.J., for their “Outstanding Obstacles” game. It calls on astronauts to competition by obstacles including “hair rope shooting” and “ring toss.”

The third-place winners are students during Tyngsborough Middle School in Tyngsborough, Mass., for their “Learning Takes You Around a World” game, in that astronauts will propel by rings, collecting slips of paper.

“Congratulations to a 2012 Spaced Out Sports winners,” pronounced Leland Melvin, associate executive for preparation during NASA Headquarters in Washington and two-time convey astronaut. “By mixing plain STEM skills with imagination and teamwork, these students have demonstrated that they have what it takes to be a subsequent era of engineers and designers.”

The Spaced Out Sports plea is a NASA Teaching from Space activity and was initial offering in 2010. Using an concomitant curriculum, teachers lead students by a investigate of Newton’s laws, highlighted by hands-on activities and video podcasts featuring NASA scientists and engineers explaining how a laws are used in a space program.

“The 3 tip games were comparison though everybody unequivocally is a leader in this challenge,” pronounced Katie Wallace, executive of NASA’s Stennis Space Center Office of Education nearby Bay St. Louis, Miss., where a plea and concomitant curriculum were developed. “Every tyro concerned wins by training some-more about scholarship and substantiating an educational substructure that will offer them good via their careers and life.”

For information about Teaching from Space, visit:

www.nasa.gov/education/tfs

For information about NASA’s Science and Sports curriculum and associated resources, visit:

http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/spacedoutsports

For information about NASA preparation programs, visit:

www.nasa.gov/education

For information about Stennis, visit:

www.nasa.gov/stennis

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