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UNO Space Day Plants STEM Seeds Among Area Middle Schoolers
By Carol Lunn (on 11/20/2015 @ 15:22:00, in ORSP Announcements, read 1251 times)
Nearly 170 middle schoolers converged on University of New Orleans’ campus Nov. 17 with their eyes toward space.

During UNO’s second annual Space Day event, teens from six local schools heard from and interacted with NASA experts, UNO scientists and engineers and other leaders in science, technology and math as they tackled a series of challenges designed to inspire them to consider STEM studies.

Participating seventh- and eighth-graders came from Holy Cross High School, St. Augustine High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Edward Hynes Charter School, Mount Carmel Academy and Eleanor McMain Secondary School.

The students competed in hands-on challenges that required them to work in teams. They had to build rockets from paper tape and PVC pipe and compete to see whose would travel the farthest distance. They had to design towers using uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows, with the winners of the contest having the tallest structure. They struggled to create balloon propulsion devices using straws and tapes that would travel horizontally across down a string the length of a room without deflating before reaching a make-believe "docking station."

Schools who won the challenges were as follows: Space Day poster contest, Mount Carmel Academy; Planetary Structure Build (spaghetti towers), Eleanor McMain Secondary School; Stomp Rockets, Holy Cross High School; Space Docking Simulator (balloon propulsion): Hynes Charter School.

For more information: http://www.uno.edu/news/2015/UNOSpaceDayPlantsSTEMSeedsAmongAreaMiddleSchoolers.aspx