It was a supercharged morning as the SpaceX groups presented their final designs to faculty judges.
For nearly eight weeks, Middle School boys have worked in teams to complete a space mission: “SpaceX is on track to colonize Mars in 2020. You and your team of experts have been tasked with a handful of engineering challenges as part of the research and development phase of Project Andrean.” The boys also needed to gain the support of “investors” by developing designs that meet project requirements.
The final designs included an overview photo-story completed by a grade 5 student, a rover built by grade 6 students, a storage unit by grade 7 boys, and a hydraulic arm added by a grade 8 group.
The final projects were presented Thursday morning in the outdoor amphitheatre, where the teams set up their projects on tables, which were visited by judges. The boys answered questions about their projects, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame problems.
The judges’ scores were tallied (during a cookie break) and then the top three teams went through another round of questions, and the top team was finally announced.
Members of the first-place team:
Ricardo Jaimez Parra
Individual award winners:
Best Presentation - Andy Yang, grade 5
Best Rover - Christian Iwai and Matthew Virgilio, grade 6
Best Storage Unit - Cevin Wei, Adrian Wei, and Rohin Kaith, grade 7
Best Hydraulic Arm - Hunter Hayhoe and David Guizzetti, grade 8
According to Director of Middle School, Sabrina D’Angelo, the presentations demonstrated critical thinking and inquiry skills, design concepts, collaboration, mentorship, and roles within a team structure.
“It was truly an amazing opportunity to obverse the students engaged in this type of holistic work,” says Mrs. D’Angelo.
Story by Julie Caspersen