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May 4, 1994 (Phone: 202/358-1977) RELEASE: 94-70 NASA SSIP WINNERS HONORED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Twenty-four students from public and private schools across the U.S. have won national recognition in NASA's 14th annual Space Science Student Involvement Program (SSIP) competition. The students will be honored along with their teachers at the National Space Symposium, May 7-11, at the Hotel Washington, 515 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 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 4,000 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 24 national SSIP winners and their teachers for the purpose of recognizing their academic achievement in an environment designed to further challenge their talents. The trip to the symposium includes formal presentations by the students of their entries. In addition to their recognition in Washington, the students will have the opportunity to intern at a NASA field center for a week during the summer and will receive a Space Camp scholarship. Winners of the Interplanetary Art competition will have their artwork displayed in museums, schools and other public sites throughout the year.

Schedule On Monday, May 9, 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 for an educational learning experience. - more -2On Tuesday, May 10, students will tour the Capitol and meet their members of Congress. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the students and their teachers will be honored at a banquet at the Hotel Washington. The banquet speaker will be Dr. Mary Cleave, a former astronaut who is currently the Project Manager of SeaWiFs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Competitions and Winners Mars Science Expedition 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 when designing the study. The following students will compete on May 9, at 1:30 p.m.: o o o o o o o o Raffi Krikorian, Clarkstown H.S. South, West Nyack, N.Y. James Schaefer, Glenbrook North H.S., Northbrook, Ill. Stephen Whyte, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va. Ryan Hall, Trinity Prep School, Winter Park, Fla. Tim Brister, Springtown H.S., Springtown, Texas Anabelle Duldulao, Waipahu H. S., Waipahu, Hawaii Julia Scozzafava, Laramie Senior H.S., Laramie, Wyo. Matthew Horner, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, Md.

The judges for the presentations will be Alphonso V. Diaz, Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of Space Science; Elizabeth E. Beyer, Manager of Operational Programs, NASA's Solar System Exploration Division; and Dr. Michael A. Meyer of NASA's Solar System Division. 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 for public viewing. o Katie Bilharz, Mott Road Elementary School, Fayetteville, N.Y. o Josh Small, Creston Jr. H.S., Indianapolis, Ind. o Donna Winder, Wilmington Christian School, Hockessin, Del. Future Aircraft/Spacecraft Design Competition Students in grades 3 to 5 worked in teams to design a futuristic aircraft or spacecraft. The students created three illustrations and wrote an essay describing the spacecraft. o Chelsea Stertz, Sara Habib, Amy Nyberg and Todd Peterson, Corbett Elementary School, Tucson, Arizona. - more -3Mission 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 use research methods and an understanding of technology to search for solutions to society's ecological problems. o Eli Alper, Michael Kiser and William Trimble, Trinity Prep, Winter Park, Fla. Aerospace Internship Competitions 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. Supercomputer Internship o Daniel Gould, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, Md., will intern at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., with scientists and engineers working on the Cray Computer. Space Station Internship o Wendy Kaneshiro, Waipahu H.S., Waipahu, Hawaii, will intern at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, with scientists and engineers working on the Space Station.

Wind Tunnel Internship o Thomas Sapienza, Shoreham-Wading River H.S., Shoreham, N.Y., will intern at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., with scientists and engineers conducting research in aerodynamics using wind tunnels. Drop Tube Internship o Garrett Bach, Centennial H.S., Meridian, Idaho, will intern at NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, with scientists performing microgravity experiments in a drop tube. SpaceLab Internship o Athene Hodges, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, Md., will intern at NASA's Marshal Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., conducting experiments with scientists and engineers in the pressurized Spacelab module. Space Astronomy Internship o Christopher Del Rosso, Comsewoque H.S., Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., 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. - end -