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Area Middle Schools Students Compete in Solar System Competition at Goddard NASA Space Flight Center
Area Middle Schools Students Compete in Solar System Competition at Goddard NASA Space Flight Center

The Solar System Competition was dedicated to Kathleen Franzen and her husband Bill Taylor.  It was because of Ms. Franzen and the INSPIRE Group awarding Thurman Jones a scholarship to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Camp in Huntsville, Alabama in 2010 that gave him the idea to have a Solar System Competition that will motivate more minority students to have a career in space science.

Willis S. Jenkins, Jr., Sr. Program Executive for the Explorer Program Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters was the keynote speaker for the Patriots 1st Annual Solar System Competition.   Mr. Jenkins packed the house with 80 students who made up eight teams of ten middle school students.  These teams were tasked with writing a research report on a planet in our solar system; create a brochure and poster board display and present an oral presentation before a panel of eight judges. 

Mr. Jenkins had a lot to say to the students and suggested that they stay focused on their class work and to explore the world with all the opportunities it has to give in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  He stressed the fact that STEM has an impact on our every day living.

Students and their parents were amazed with the NASA Space Flight Visitor’s Center which showcased NASA’s history in space. The center should be one of the first stops you make if you have a desire for a career in space science.

All of the teams had their exhibits set up and were ready and set to talk to the judges and the attendees to receive the maximum points for their creation.  After all the points were tallied, it was the Goddard French Immersion team that came in first place.  They won a trip to U.S. Rocket Space Camp for one week in Huntsville, Alabama.

Special Thanks To Our

Sponsors:

  • QinetiQ
  • INSPIRE
  • Edge
  • UPS
  • Washington Space Business Roundtable
  • Maryland Space Business Roundtable
  • ASA
  • NOAA
  • NASA Goddard Office of Education

Judges:

David Jackson, SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions

Washington Space Business Roundtable

Robert Scheige, Willis Inspace

Washington Space Business Roundtable

Wayne Geer, QinetiQ

Phillip Webb, INSPIRE Project

Paul Schou, INSPIRE Project 

Treesa Elam-Respass, Howard B. Owens Science Center

Nona Minnifield-Cheeks, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Brandon Zimmerman, Optics Branch, NASA GSFC