WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) — A team of New Jersey students has won the NASA and USA Today “2010 No Boundaries National Competition,” the space agency said.
NASA officials said the students worked in small groups or individually to develop a project that markets careers at NASA to teens. They selected one of the four STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — disciplines and chose a career within that discipline. The students then developed a project that showcased the career.
The 2010 winning entry was “Let’s Get Materialistic” by Kristine Baltazar, Elka Chowdhury, Jenna DiRito and Neil Montwani from Saddle Brook Middle School in Saddle Brook, N.J. The project focused on materials engineering.
Honorable mentions included second place to Zoe Bentley of the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council in Tucson, Ariz., for her “Exogeology ROCKS!” and third place to Ronnel Boettcher and Cory Smith of Enterprise High School in Redding, Calif., for “Astronomy: No Boundaries.”
USA Today will present the first place winners with a $2,000 cash prize and second place winners with $1,000. The teacher or sponsor of the winners will receive $500. The first place winners will also be given a VIP guest tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Because of the exemplary efforts of second place winner Zoe Bentley, NASA said it added a special VIP visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to her award package.
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