Six Teams Advance to Aerospace Challenge Finals


Kandace Hurdle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Six of the 245 participating teams have moved on to the finals after two days of preliminary competition. 

“D-Jack Attack” from Coyote Hills, “A.K.A 34”, from Coyote Hills, “E.R.I.C.A. 5” from St. Simon & Jude Catholic School, “The Rockettes” from Most Holy Trinity Catholic School, “Helion” from South Mountain Home School, and “The Moon Maniacs” from Most Holy Trinity Catholic School will all compete in the finals at the Challenger Space Station in Peoria, Ariz. on Dec. 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Students spent Monday and Tuesday showing the Honeywell judges several elements of their projects.  They had to create a lunar base module that could mine Helium 3, and they had 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 were also judged.  The students were very knowledgeable about their projects, and were able to explain in great detail how the different aspects of their bases created safe and comfortable conditions for astronauts.

It wasn’t 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 two days full of fun games, great prizes and of course, aerospace science.

The final competition will take place at the Challenger Space Station on Dec. 30 in Peoria Ariz. at 9:00 a.m. The panel of judges will consist of 10 engineers from Honeywell, as well as astronauts from NASA mission 132.   The final teams will present their projects one by one in front of the panel and answer a series of questions.  The winner from this day will get a V.I.P trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas next year.  For more information, please contact Chris Myers at, or visit   

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