Team From Basha Accelerated Wins 14th Annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ashley Braun

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – “Starfish Prime” from Basha Accelerated Middle School has won the 14th Annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge presented by US Airways and Mayo Clinic final competition. The competition was held on Saturday, February 23 at the Challenger Space Center Arizona in Peoria.

More than 900 students from 40 schools across Arizona participated in the preliminary competition held February 4-6. Out of the 199 teams that participated, six teams advanced to the finals. The final competition started with each team presenting its project to Honeywell judges. The winning team was announced at the end of judging. There was also a special presentation by NASA astronauts.

As the winners of the Aerospace Challenge, “Starfish Prime” will travel to Houston, Texas for a VIP tour of the Johnson Space Center, where they will have special behind-the-scenes access to space shuttles and command centers. In addition, “Starfish Prime” will be recognized on the field at the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge presented by US Airways and Mayo Clinic 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.  Students use critical thinking, communication, team building and decision-making skills while expanding their knowledge in science, math and other subject areas.

The Fiesta Bowl would like to thank the following partners for their sponsorship of the Aerospace Challenge: Honeywell, US Airways, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, ASU College of Technology and Innovation, and Challenger Space Center Arizona.

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