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Beth Schmid

Headquarters, Washington, DC April 29, 1997

(Phone: 202/358-1760)

RELEASE: 97-84


Twenty-seven students from public and private schools

across the United States have won national recognition in
NASA's 17th annual Space Science Student Involvement Program
competition. The students will be honored along with their
teachers at the National Space Science Symposium, May 3-7, at
the Marriott Hotel at Metro Center, 775 12th St., NW,
Washington, DC.

The competition, co-sponsored by NASA and the National

Science Teachers Association, is an interdisciplinary program
designed to address the need for greater literacy in the areas
of science, critical and creative thinking, mathematics and
technology. Over 10,000 students in elementary, junior high,
and high school competed in five competition categories using
their skills in mathematics, science, technology, art and
creative writing.

The National Space Science Symposium brings together the

27 national winners and their teachers to recognize their
academic achievement in an environment designed to further
challenge their talents. The trip to the symposium includes
formal presentations of their entries by the students.

In addition to their recognition in Washington, other

awards include opportunities to intern at a NASA field center
for a week during the summer, Space Camp scholarships, medals,
ribbons and certificates. Winners of the Interplanetary Art
competition will have their artwork displayed at the Marriott
Metro Center Hotel during the symposium. Interested persons
can view the display in Salons A, B and C through Tuesday, May
6. After the symposium, artwork will be on display in museums,
schools and other public sites throughout this year.

On Monday, May 5, all events will be open to the press.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the national winners of four of the
competitions will present their winning proposals in Salons A,B
and C. At 1 p.m., eight national semi-finalist high school
student winners will present proposals for a Mars science
experiment project to a panel of scientists. On
Tuesday, May 6, students will tour the Capitol and meet their
members of Congress.

At 6:30 p.m. on May 6, the students and their teachers

will be honored at a banquet at the Marriott Metro Center
Hotel. The banquet speaker will be Dr. Robert Parker, a former
astronaut who is currently Director, Space Operations
Utilization Program, Office of Space Flight, NASA Headquarters,
Washington, DC.

Following is the list of competitions and winners.

Mars Science Experiment
Students in grades 9 -12 planned and developed a trip to
Mars and proposed an experiment to be conducted along the way.
Students were required to follow scientific research guidelines
when designing the study. The following regional winners will
compete for first place during the Symposium:

� Faisal Reza, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY

� Marja Matthews, Anacostia High School, Washington, DC
� Elisabeth Grove, North Carolina School of Science and
Mathematics, Durham, NC
� Mark Adams, Brussels American School, Brussels, Belgium
� Greg Hammel, Appleton East High School, Appleton, WI
� Katie Griffin, Shawnee Mission High School, Overland Park,
� Andrew Wong, Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar, CA
� Amy Frost, Laramie High School, Laramie, WY

Interplanetary Art Competition

Students in grades 3 - 12 expressed their talents in
science and art by creating a two-dimensional illustration
depicting a scene from interplanetary space and writing an
essay describing the picture. The art work will be displayed
for public viewing.

� Crystal Reiff, McCray-Dewey School, Troy, IL

� Aja Gibson, Southern Regional Middle School, Manahawkin, NJ
� Ariel Overstreet, Big Timber Grade School, Big Timber, MT

Future Aircraft/Spacecraft Design Competition

Students in grades 3 - 5 worked in teams to design a futuristic
aircraft or spacecraft. The students created three
illustrations and wrote an essay describing the spacecraft.
� Taylor Gray, Lindsay Hauge, Amber Overstreet, Big Timber
Grade School, Big Timber, MT

Mission To Planet Earth

Students in grades 6 - 8, worked in three-person teams to
create an interdisciplinary project using satellites to study
the effects of human activity on the Earth's ecosystem. They
used research methods and an understanding of technology to
search for solutions to society's ecological problems.

* Steve Gold, Evan Volkman, Jonathan Jaffe, Michael

Haendler, Bi-Cultural Day School, Stamford, CT

Aerospace Internship Competitions

Students in grades 9 - 12 competed for a one-week
internship with their teacher/advisor at a NASA facility.
Students were chosen on the basis of a written proposal of an
experiment that could theoretically be performed at one of the

Supercomputer Internship
* Tomoya Ohno, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD,
will intern at NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA,
with scientists and engineers working on a Cray Computer.
Space Station Internship
* Maureen Morgan, Parma Senior H.S., Parma, OH, will
intern at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, with
scientists and engineers working on the Space Station.

Wind Tunnel Internship

* Leslie Shope, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD,
will intern at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA,
with scientists and engineers conducting research in
aerodynamics using wind tunnels.

Microgravity Internship
* Eric Shang, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD,
will intern at NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH,
with scientists performing microgravity experiments in a drop

Spacelab Internship
* Anne Lee, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD, will
intern at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL,
conducting experiments with scientists and engineers in the
pressurized Spacelab module.

Space Telerobotics Internship

* Eric Schewe, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD,
will intern at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA,
and work with engineers conducting research in the microrover
laboratory for lunar and planetary surface exploration.

Space Astronomy Internship

* Mary Dombrowski, Glastonbury H.S., Glastonbury, CT, will
intern at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD,
and work with astronomers conducting research in observational
and theoretical astronomy and solar physics.

Launch Operations
* Christine Hwang, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring,
MD, will intern at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL, and work
with engineers on launch operations.

Atmospheric Flight Internship

* Jai Xu, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, MD, will
intern at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, and work with
engineers on flight research programs.