Five Washington High School students recently took a trip to the NASA campus in Houston, Texas. Pictured, left to right, are: Norm Chaffee (NASA Engineer), Emily Cook, Brock Dagel, Sam Hinkhouse, Jakob Hummel, Nolan Martin, Instructor James De Vos, and Jim Christensen (product manager from the Northwest Area Education Agency). Photo contributed.
On March 10, five Cherokee Washington High School seniors and one teacher, along with several other Northwest Iowa high school students, boarded a chartered bus for a trip to Houston, Texas.
Altogether, nearly 140 Iowa students traveled to the NASA campus to compete in the 2011 Space Settlement Design Competition. 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.
Leading the way -
Washington High School student Sam Hinkhouse is pictured as he leads a group of workers during the Space Settlement Competition at NASA. Photo contributed
The Washington High School students left March 10 from the Western Hills AEA building in Sioux City and returned March 14. While in Houston, the students also visited the Gulf of Mexico and toured the Neutral Buoyancy Lab and Saturn V Rocket Exhibit.
Congratulations to Cherokee senior Emily Cook for being a member of the winning design proposal team!
Other WHS students involved in the trip were Brock Dagel, Nolan Martin, Sam Hinkhouse, and Jakob Hummel. The students were accompanied by teacher James DeVos.
Diligent worker -
Cherokee Washington High School student Nolan Martin, right, works diligently during the Space Settlement Competition at NASA, held recently in Houston, Texas. Photo contributed