Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge Begins Monday

Wednesday, January 4, 2013

Ashley Braun

Scottsdale, Ariz. – From Monday, February 4 through Wednesday, February 6, over 900 students from 40 different schools will let their imaginations take flight as they complete a physical scale model and a written report of an International Lunar Base.

The Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge featuring Microsoft Mission Control is in its 14th year.  The contest allows 5-8th grade students from Arizona schools to work in teams to develop plans for an international lunar base complete with a physical scale model. Each model must address the needs of a 50-person crew for at least two years. This includes how they’ll manage waste, deal with food and oxygen demands and other factors pertaining to life on the space station.

Students use critical thinking, communication, team building and decision-making skills while expanding their knowledge in science, math and other subject areas. Participants will also get to experience games and motivational software from Microsoft Mission Control. Microsoft has chosen to be a part of the competition each year to promote the power of technology and innovation.

The students and their coaches will be featuring their designs at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus in Mesa from 8 am – 4 pm.

The top two teams from each day of the preliminaries advance to the finals. The final competition and announcement of the winning team, will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the Challenger Space Center in Peoria.   

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