HMS students catch NASA’s eye againStudents in Chris Deleon’s technology education class at Hudson Middle School have once again caught the attention of scientists at NASA.
By: Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer
Students in Chris Deleon’s technology education class at Hudson Middle School have once again caught the attention of scientists at NASA.
NASA will fly Deleon and eighth-graders Andrew Potter and Marco Zink on an all-expense paid trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) National Student Symposium May 2-5.
To earn the trip, Potter and Zink used their interest in rocketry as inspiration to develop and conduct a research project called “High Powered Rockets: Indoor Rocketry for Inclement Weather.”
The goal of the project was to create interest in rocketry by exposing students to rockets who would otherwise not be able to learn about them because of Wisconsin’s winter weather. “Not many people like to be outside launching rockets when the temperature dips below zero,” explained Deleon.
Using two air powered rocket launchers that the students built themselves, the two took control of Deleon’s Engineering and Technology class for a day and taught the students a fun education game that can be played indoors with air powered paper rockets. They asked the students to fill out a survey that gauged their interest level of rocketry before and after the lesson. Potter and Zink then presented their findings to NASA scientists, engineers, technicians and educators and were chosen to be among those from across the country to attend the symposium in May.
The two-day event will feature an astronaut presentation, facility tours, student activities and a career awareness panel.
This is the third time in as many years that students from Deleon’s classes have been recognized in NASA student competitions.