Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge Featuring Microsoft Mission Control Selects Six Teams to Advance to Finals

Ashley Braun

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona– Six of over 200 participating teams have reached the finals of the 13th Annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge featuring Microsoft Mission Control after three days of preliminary competition. 

“The Celestial Phoenix” from Challenge Charter School, “Helium Hijackers” from Legend Springs, “The McAuliffe Spacekateers” from Horizon Elementary, “The Moon Landers” from Ss. Simon and Jude, “Secret Science Society” from an independent group and “The Umbras” from Bl. Pope John XXII Catholic Schoolwill compete in the finals at the Challenger Space Center Arizona in Peoria on December 29 at 9 a.m. The panel of judges will consist of engineers from Honeywell and will include a special presentation by astronauts from NASA mission STS-131. 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 and will be recognized on the field at the 41st Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012.

Over a three day period, students presented to Honeywell judges several elements of their projects.  They created a lunar base module that could mine Helium 3, and they were required to incorporate a sports complex on their base 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 also brought fun to the event with the Microsoft Mission Control area that allowed students to work with flight simulators and other computer games. Students had three days full of entertainment, great prizes and of course, aerospace science.

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