Student teams at Roberto Clemente and Argyle middle schools were two of 57 across the country honored in the NASA TechRise Student Challenge.
The NASA TechRise Student Challenge invited teams of 6th to 12th grade students to design, build and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and balloon flights. Participants submitted ideas for climate or remote-sensing experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon or space exploration experiments to fly aboard a suborbital rocket. Winning teams received $1,500 cash prizes.
Clemente won for designing an experiment to test on a high-altitude balloon winner. Argyle was a suborbital rocket winner.
The contest works to inspire a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, electronics and the value of test data. The challenge also provides students the opportunity to engage with NASA and technology communities, and expose them to potential careers in science, technology and space exploration.
Five Students Named Finalists in Poetry Contest
Five MCPS students have been named finalists in the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s annual poetry contest. The five—Jasmin Wu and Allison Xu of Walter Johnson High School, Naomi Kaul of Northwest High School, Clara Goldberg of Winston Churchill High School and Anastasia Matveev of Montgomery Blair High School—were among 12 total finalists.
High school students from across the Washington metropolitan area were invited to submit poems on one of three topics: freedom, escape or community.
The top three winners, who will be selected by local poet Gregory Luce, will be announced on the festival website on Friday, May 13. The festival will be held in-person from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. Visitors can vote for their favorite by clicking the “like” button on their favorite(s). Fan favorite voting will close at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 13.
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