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WHS students compete in NASA competition

Monday, April 7, 2008

Six Cherokee Washington High students and their instructor recently visited the NASA facility in Houston, Texas. They are, front row, left to right, Nick Loughlin, Norm Chaffee (NASA Engineer), Joel Long, Whitney Halder. Back, Drew Lugar, Sarah Hansen, Tom Wilson, Instructor James De Vos, and Jim Christensen, product manager from the Northwest Area Education Agency. Photo contributed
Six Cherokee Washington High School seniors and one teacher boarded a charter bus for a recent trip down to Houston, TX.

These students joined nearly 130 other students from high schools in Northwest Iowa to travel to the NASA campus to compete in the MarsBase Space Settlement Design Competition.

WHS students and faculty participating included Nick Loughlin, Joel Long, Whitney Halder, Drew Lugar, Sarah Hansen, Tom Wilson, and instructor James De Vos.

Students from Iowa were put into teams with students from Houston, and the teams were required to design a rotating space settlement to revolve around the sun. Within each team, students were designated as researchers, engineers, drafters, and marketing personnel.

After each team designed their space station, they presented their plans to a panel of NASA engineers and astronauts who then decided which team created the most feasible design.

The Washington High School students left March 6th from the Western Hills AEA building in Sioux City and returned March 10th. While in Houston, in addition to the NASA competition, the students visited the Gulf of Mexico and toured the Johnson Space Center Museum.

Altogether, three students from Washington High School were on the winning team, including Nick Loughlin, Joel Long, and Whitney Halder. One member of the Cherokee crew, Nick Loughlin, was chosen to have the opportunity to head to back to Houston in July for the International MarsBase Space Settlement Design Competition.

He will be representing his team (along with 11 others) in the competition featuring teams from India, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Congratulations Nick!

If you any questions about the competition, feel free to visit the website at http://www.marsbase.org/settlement.html.

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