Terri Sindelar Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

1993 (Phone: 202/358-1977) RELEASE: 93-175

September 30,

TWENTY NATIONAL STUDENT WINNERS HONORED IN WASHINGTON Twenty national winners of NASA's 13th annual Space Science Student Involvement Program (SSIP) competition will be honored along with their teachers at the National Space Science Symposium, Oct. 2-6, at the Hotel Washington, 515 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. The competition, which is co-sponsored by NASA and the National Science Teachers Association, involves thousands of students annually. SSIP engages students with various academic strengths in a broad spectrum of competitions. Elementary, junior high, and high school students compete in five different competition categories using their skills in mathematics, science, technology, art and creative writing. All students who competed will receive certificates of participation. Prizes for all national winners include an expense-paid trip to the National Space Science Symposium in Washington. Student winners in the Aerospace Internship competition win a one-week internship with their teacher/advisor at a NASA facility. Schedule On Monday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m., eight national high school student winners will present proposals for a Mars Science Experiment Project to a panel of scientists. The students will

compete for a trip with their teacher/advisor to a NASA Center of their choice for an educational learning experience. Tuesday morning, Oct. 5, students will tour the Capitol and meet their members of Congress. - more -2Also on Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m., the students and their teachers will be honored at a banquet at the Hotel Washington. The banquet speaker will be Col. Frederick D. Gregory, Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of Safety and Mission Quality. Gregory is a former Space Shuttle pilot and commander, and has extensive experience as a research and operational test pilot and manager of flight safety and launch support programs. Competitions and Winners Mars Science Experiment Project. Students in grades 9 to 12 planned and developed a trip to Mars and proposed an experiment to be conducted along the way. Students were required to follow the guidelines of the scientific method of research when designing the study. The following students will compete on Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m.: o David E. Amrine, 12th Grade, Goddard H.S., Wichita, Kan. o Chad A. Hagle, 11th Grade, Trinity Prep., Longwood, Fla. o Anthony Y. Ku, 12th Grade, N.C. School of Science and Math, Cary, N.C. o Neel R. Kumar, 11th Grade, Laramie H.S., Laramie, Wy. o Lisa W. Lam, 9th Grade, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, Md. o Erica R. Martin, 10th Grade, Diamond Bar H.S., Diamond Bar, Calif. o Anil K. Soni, 11th Grade, Glenbrook North H.S., Northbrook, Il. o Ryan E. Sours, 11th Grade, Fayetteville-Manlius H.S., Manlius, N.Y. The judges for the competition presentations will be Alphonso V. Diaz, Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of Space Science; Mary Kicza, Deputy Director of the Solar

System Exploration Division, in NASA's Office of Space Science; and Michael Myers, Exobiology Program, Solar System Exploration Division, in NASA's Office of Space Science. Interplanetary Art Competition. Students in grades 3 to 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 at the symposium. o Christopher A. Gockstetter, 5th Grade, Warwood Grade School, Wheeling, W.V. o Damon B. Krane, 8th Grade, Peters Township Middle School, Canonsburg, Penn. o Tom J. Schaefer, 11th Grade, Lake Braddock H.S., Springfield, Va. - more -3Future Aircraft/Spacecraft Design Competition. Students in grades 3 to 5 worked in teams to design a futuristic aircraft or spacecraft. Students created three illustrations and wrote an essay describing the spacecraft. o Cora Z. Dong, Kamea N. Hadar, and Elizabeth T. Shimabukuro, 3rd Grade, Lunalilo Elementary School, Honolulu. Mission To Planet Earth. Students in grades 6 to 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. o Sellus Bessinger, Adam Cable, and Robert L. Unger, 6th Grade, Second Street Elementary School, Frankfort, Ky. Aerospace Internship Competition. Students in grades 9 to 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 facilities such as NASA's supercomputer, drop tube, wind tunnel, Space Station or Spacelab. o Philip Chang, 11th Grade, Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn, N.Y.. Chang will intern at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., with scientists and engineers working on the Cray supercomputer. o Terrence M. Oie, 9th Grade, Montgomery Blair H.S., Rockville, Md. Oie will intern at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, with scientists and engineers working on the Space Station. o Jeffrey D. Stanaway, 11th Grade, Lakeland H.S., Yorktown, N.Y. Stanaway will intern at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., with scientists and engineers working on the wind tunnel. For additional information about the SSIP contest contact Lyn Moritt at the National Science Teachers Association, 202/328-5800. - end -