July 8, 2002

Home Schoolers Recognized in Space Day Competition

Three home schooled teams from California were recently recognized for their projects in the national Space Day program, Design Challenges. Former astronaut and U.S. Senator, John Glenn recognized the teams in Washington, DC at the May 2 Space Day Opening Ceremony.

Teams could pick from several different projects, which were the educational focus of Space Day 2002.

Research by Team "Space Rocks" (Timothy Fuller, age 11; Alex Fuller, age 13; and Jeremy Fuller, age 13) led them to explore Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars. The team developed a rover to study the surface of Phobos, which would be important on a manned Mars trip. Team Space Rocks was given the "Most Useful" award for their Design Challenge project.

Along the same track, Team "D & D Designers" (David Carlson, age 9 and Daniel Carlson, age 11) developed a rover that would explore the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Through online research and collaboration with schools around the country, Team D & D's mission was to discover the conditions and climate of Europa and find out if the moon has a magnetic field. For their efforts, the team was given the "Best Collaboration" award.

The final home schooled team from California "M & M Journalists" (Michelle Carlson, age 12 and Marissa Fuller, age 11), created an electronic newspaper to transmit information about life on Mars back to Earth. For their imaginative publication entitled Food for Thought, Team M & M received the Design Challenge's "Most Creative" award.

Over 400 team projects were submitted to Space Day Foundation from students around the world. Eighteen team winners were chosen, five of which were home school teams. The 18 teams and their teachers were invited to Washington, DC to receive their awards from Senator Glenn and Astronaut Sally Ride.

The Space Day Foundation was recently established with a grant from Lockheed Martin Corporation to support the Space Day educational programs. Promoters say Space Day is an award-winning global initiative that inspires young people to achieve academic excellence in science, math and technology. According to Senator Glenn, also a co-chair of Space Day, "The Design Challenges give students opportunities to use the power of inquiry so essential to good science and to find solutions for problems of living and working in space."

For more information on Space Day visit: www.spaceday.com