South Plantation HS Students Place First in NASA Competition

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Broward County Public Schools

Six students from South Plantation High School in Plantation proved they've got what it takes to make it in space.

The talented group took home first place in the 2015 NASA Florida Student Astronaut Challenge held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Competing against 15 teams from around the world, only the top five teams made it to the finals. The group from South Plantation participated in four tests including a technical exam, lab experiment proposal that dealt with a future Mars mission, an engineering challenge with chemistry and physics, three rounds of a flight simulator with a prelaunch checklist, launch and landing of a space shuttle.

The final three rounds involved on the spot emergencies.

“It is such an honor to be able to see this talented group of students’ hard work and passion pay off. They have applied themselves to excel in STEM, and have come out winners,” said principal, Christy Henschel of South Plantation High School in a press release. “Our school and District could not be more proud.”

The Florida Student Astronaut Challenge is an open, nonprofit event that dedicates itself to providing schools with the ability to foster an interest in STEM.

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