New Castle students win first place in NASA competition

Special to the Post Independent

For the second year in a row, a team of students from KSE earned top honors in the nationwide NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP). A team of ten third-grade students from Kathryn Senor Elementary were awarded first place in the NSIP Science & Technology Journalism competition. The students are: Madison Gallipo, Bryan Hemig, Tess Libby, America Weise, Bo Burkett, Alejandro Belandria, Alyssa Jacobs, Brent Hazzard, Alicia Cokley, Stephenie Neuroth, and Jacob Anderson. Jennifer Michels, a NASA representative from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, presented students with their award and medals on Friday, May 16.NSIP is a national program of competitions linking students directly with NASA’s mission of exploration, research, and discovery. This year the Science and Technology Journalism competition chose a special theme, “The Wright Quest.” The competition celebrated the 100th anniversary of the historic Wright Brothers flight. Students in grades K-12 were asked to develop print or video “articles” about aviation research or achievements past, present and future. Two groups of students from KSE entered the contest. The winning entry was a student-produced video about satellite technology.The students learned about space flight, about the people involved, and bucketloads of facts and figures, but more importantly, they learned many life skills through the whole process. “I learned the history of flight,” said America Weise. “After I did the research about satellites and the other facts, it gave my brain a boost.” “I think the most important part was that we got to put it all together ourselves,” said Tess Flanagan. “Mrs. Ellsperman didn’t help us that much. If our scripts were not fluid, she would have us change them.” “We relied on each other a lot,” added Tyler Guettler. “It’s really hard because you can’t do anything without your partner.””It was really neat to watch them work together and hold each other accountable,” she explained. “watching them grow in their critical thinking skills and figuring out things on their own. They learned how to trouble shoot their own problems.” “I kept telling them that just because we won last year, didn’t mean we would win again this year,” she explained. “Our goal is to produce a quality product, turn it in, look back and say, `Wow, look at what we did.’ I know both groups were able to do that, and were very proud of the final products.'”

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