Team Convolution Wins 1st Prize in NASA Competition

Pictured above: the seven team-members who traveled to San Diego to present the project. Back row left to right: Cheryl Quinn, mentor; Alex Quinn; Chris Ferguson, astronaut and commander of the last US space shuttle; Evan Fortson; Matthew Koziol; and Laria Reynolds. Front row, left to right: Kaya Kurdak; Patrick Quinn; and Zoe Jackson. Not pictured: Will Brighton

A team of students, including Honey Creek students and alumni won first prize in an international competition run by NASA. Participants in this contest designed a permanent orbital space settlement that can house 10,000 persons. Students developed space settlement designs and related materials including environmental, governmental, financial and educational systems. Teams are encouraged to create multi-discipline projects that incorporate both the sciences and humanities.Team Convolution was one of only two US teams to take first prize. They traveled to the National Space Society’s 32nd Annual International Space Development Conference in San Diego, California over Memorial Day weekend to present their project. While there, team members also attended conference sessions, some even went to a luncheon with Buzz Aldrin. They met students from other award-winning teams from around the world who were also there to present their projects. The team also explored the beach and the aquarium. They had a great time and learned a lot during the process of this competition.

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