SCCSD students win NASA space settlement design competition
Five students from Sioux City Community Schools were part of the team that won the Regional Space Settlement Design Competition hosted by NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas last weekend.
The Grumbo Aerospace team was composed of President Olivia Tidwell from East High, Vice President McKenna Deaton from East High, Albert Pham from North High, Kaitlyn Hoopingarner from West High, Dalton Rederick from West High, and 45 winners from other school districts. They were tasked with designing a facility in space to accommodate several thousand people.
A press release from the Sioux City Community School District says that, over the weekend, the team created a design and operating plan for the facility while meeting the project requirements. They had to prepare a written summary of nearly 50 pages for their proposal and provide a 35-minute oral briefing to judges to communicate their ideas, designs, budgets, and schedules. Their work led them to winning first place.
As the team now advances to the International Space Settlement Design Competition. It takes place in July at Orlando. 12 of the 50 members of the team will be selected to partake in the in the July competition. Those 12 team members of Grumbo Aerospace and other regional teams all over the world will refine and perfect their designs until then.