Sewanhaka High School named a winner in nationwide tech contest

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Sewanhaka High School students who worked on the winning proposal in the NASA TechRise Student Challenge. (Photo courtesy of the Sewanhaka Central High School District)

Sewanhaka High School was selected among 57 winning teams nationwide in NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge.

According to NASA, the challenge, which is administered by Future Engineers, aims to inspire students to seek a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding and electronics, as well as an appreciation of the importance of test data. Approximately 600 teams applied, representing 5,000 students in grades 6-12.

Teams were challenged to develop an experiment for either a suborbital rocket or a high-altitude balloon. They brainstormed various experiment ideas, learned about the electrical components needed to build the experiment and planned their experiment’s design. The teams then submitted their proposals for review. The winning proposals included measuring greenhouse gases, space farm irrigation systems, lunar dust mitigation and more.

Sewanhaka was recognized as a winner in the high-altitude balloon challenge for their project, “Atmospheric Measurement of Noxious Gases Using Sensors – ‘A.M.O.N.G.U.S.’”

The winning teams will each receive $1,500 to build their experiments and a NASA-funded spot to test them. The experiment launches are scheduled to take place in 2023.

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