A team of 7th graders from Hyde Park Middle School was announced as the winners of a national competition, mISSion imagintaTIon, from NASA and Texas Instruments.
Students from across the country were asked to propose solutions to some of the challenges International Space Station (ISS) commander Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko encountered in the first year-long mission aboard the ISS.
The 7th graders from Hyde Park impressed judges at TI and NASA with their creativity, attention to detail and innovative ideas for living in space.
Robin Hill, the students’ science teacher, said he didn’t even know his students were entering the contest until they asked for help submitting their project on the deadline day.
In fact, he said they did all of their work on weekends and after-school because it was something they were doing outside of class, for “fun”.
They will be receiving TI calculators and a chat with a NASA astronaut in recognition of their hard work.