Champion Middle School Students Participate in NASA Design Challenges and Speak With A Photovoltaics Engineer


Fifth and sixth grade Champion Middle School STEM Club students have been participating in NASA design challenges throughout the year. Supported by Champion Local Schools and a grant from the NASA Out of School Learning Network students have designed parachutes, gliders, and rockets.  Using the Design Process, students also had to figure out the quickest way to run a water pump by focusing light energy onto solar cells.  To reinforce their understanding of the importance of solar energy, students had the opportunity to talk with a photovoltaics engineer at NASA via a SME connection.  Jeremiah McNatt talked with students about his position at NASA and future career opportunities. He also talked about current space projects NASA is working on. The student discussion with Jeremiah McNatt is just another example of careers and current events students at Champion Middle School are exposed to by the Champion after school speakers’ bureau.  Recent speakers have included representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Youngstown State University, and Vallourec Steel.  

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5976 Mahoning Ave NW Suite C
Warren, OH 44483