14th Annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge Presented by US Airways and Mayo Clinic Selects Six Teams to Advance to Finals

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ashley Braun

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Six out of 199 participating teams have reached the finals of the 14th Annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge presented by US Airways and Mayo Clinic after three days of preliminary competition. 

“Blitz Winter” from Coyote Hills in Peoria, “JAVOS” from BASIS Scottsdale, “LunArm Sphere” from Ss. Simon and Jude in Phoenix,  “Mmmm Math-Lovin Mining Moon Men” from Wilson K-8, “Plethorians” from Horizon Elementary and “Starfish Prime” from Basha Accelerated Middle School will compete in the finals at the Challenger Space Center Arizona in Peoria on February 23 at 9 a.m. The panel of judges will consist of engineers from Honeywell and Microsoft, and will include a special presentation by astronauts from NASA. The final teams will present their projects in front of the panel and answer a series of questions. The winner from this day receives a V.I.P trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas courtesy of Honeywell, and will be recognized on the field at the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Over a three day period, students presented several elements of their projects to Honeywell and Microsoft judges. They created a lunar base module that could mine Helium 3, and they were required to transform their base into a facility used for space tourism as well. Living and sleeping amenities along with health facilities also had to be included, and overall design and presentation also were judged. The students, knowledgeable about their projects, explained in detail how the different aspects of their bases created safe and comfortable conditions for astronauts.

It was not only about space, however. Students took part in a scavenger hunt and the “Kids’ Choice Awards,” which encouraged them to mingle with other students in the ballroom. Microsoft Mission Control also brought fun to the event with daily gifts for top teams and the Microsoft Interactive Area allowing students to work with flight simulators, computer games and active Xbox Kinect systems. Students had three days full of entertainment, great prizes and of course, aerospace science.

For more information, please contact Ashley Braun at abraun@fiestabowl.org, or visit fiestabowl.org.  

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