My Alma Mater Is In Here ….. Guess Which One!?!?!

From NASA …..

High School ‘Final Five’ Compete for Out-of-This-World Test on Orion

March 26, 2014

Engineer Heather McKay and astronaut Rex Walheim

Lockheed Martin engineer Heather McKay and astronaut Rex Walheim announce the five high school teams that were chosen to move on to the next phase of the Exploration Design Challenge.

Five teams of high school student engineers have made it to the final round in a competition to build and test designs for radiation shields for NASA’s new Orion spacecraft.

The competition is part of the Exploration Design Challenge (EDC), developed by NASA and Lockheed Martin, with support from the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).

Forty-six teams submitted engineering notebooks with proposed radiation shield designs. After review by Orion engineers, as well as NASA and NIA educators, the five teams selected to move on to the next phase of the competition are:

— Team Titan Shielding Systems of Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, Ill.

This six-member team comes from a residential high school for 650 qualified students from across the state of Illinois.  The school’s charter promotes diversity by requiring that the make-up of the student body parallels the geographic, gender and ethnic representation of the state.  Students are accepted into the program as 10th graders and live in residential halls during the school year.  Team Titan members actually come from the cities of:  Freeport, Yorkville, Highland Park, Crystal Lake, Woodbridge, and Glen Ellyn, IL. 

— Team ARES of Governor’s School for Science and Technology, Hampton, Va.

The Governor’s School is owned and operated by six Peninsula School Divisions (Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg/James City Count and York). Students who attend the Governor’s school go to classes there in the morning and return to their home high school for coursework in the afternoon. This five-member team worked together at school and virtually in order to complete their project on time.

— Team Aegis of Herriman High School, Herriman, Utah

This two-person team is the smallest of the finalist teams. Herriman High School is a public school serving over 2,100 students from the cities of Herriman, South Jordan, and Riverton. Herriman is south of Salt Lake City and is the site where some Utah homebuilders decided to bring movie magic to life by building an exact replica of the house in the Disney movie “Up” to remind people that “Adventure is out there” – a motto that the team took to heart.

— Team Erion of Erie High School, Erie, Kan.

This four-member team is the only finalist team made up entirely of girls. Erie High is part of a Unified School District that serves 544 students in pre-K through 12th grades. In a primarily rural area of southeast Kansas, the district serves students who live in a 450-square-mile region around the school.

— Team LORE of Summit View High School, North Hollywood, Calif.

Summit View, home to this four-person team, uses individualized college-prep curricula for students with significant learning challenges. Small class size and high teacher-to-student ratio enables Summit View students to identify their potential and experience academic success.

Because, yeh, we’re like that. 

h/t JRS

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22 Responses to My Alma Mater Is In Here ….. Guess Which One!?!?!

  1. philjourdan says:

    But we know one of them is not you. 😉

  2. rg says:

    The only thing I remember about Erie, was that was a team SouthEast beat every year in basketball…. 😛

  3. DirkH says:

    “– Team Titan Shielding Systems of Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, Ill.”
    “The school’s charter promotes diversity by requiring that the make-up of the student body parallels the geographic, gender and ethnic representation of the state. ”

    … gender …
    …hope they have enough colored interqueers on their team.

  4. J Sue says:

    Well, since we are boasting, EHS was my alma mater, too!

  5. DirkH says:

    Thanks to Obama’s foreign policy doctrin, Libya is now a peace-loving country of harmony and mutual understanding.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-29/gunmen-storm-libyan-government-start-shooting

  6. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Seriously impressive. I hope those young ladies do well in science or engineering careers.

    Its going to be a tough ask to produce light-weight radiation shields, especially for gamma and high energy protons. I don’t know where you’d start. I don’t have that problem much since the main radiation I have to be careful of is alpha, which can be stopped by a sheet of paper – the danger being that you can’t line your lungs with paper should you breath in alpha emitting dust.

    • DirkH says:

      Just use CO2.

      • Jim Masterson says:

        NASA is still doing the CAGW thing:
        http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-136

        Jim

      • Bruce of Newcastle says:

        It’d work too. A 100 km thick atmosphere of CO2 would be just the thing.

        Lest you think it impractical, read Piers Anthony’s SF “Macroscope” where the lead characters steal the planet Neptune.

        • Jim Masterson says:

          >>
          Bruce of Newcastle says:
          April 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

          Lest you think it impractical, read Piers Anthony’s SF “Macroscope” where the lead characters steal the planet Neptune.
          <<

          So, SF is proof of practicality?

          >>
          It’d work too. A 100 km thick atmosphere of CO2 would be just the thing.
          <<

          It wouldn’t stop neutrinos.

          Jim

        • DirkH says:

          CO2 stops everything.

        • Bruce of Newcastle says:

          So, SF is proof of practicality?

          Fun, Jim. Anyway neutrinos aren’t harmful.

          And Dirk – CO2 doesn’t stop Obama. Nothing stops Obama. So you are incorrect.

        • Jim Masterson says:

          >>
          Bruce of Newcastle says:
          April 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

          Anyway neutrinos aren’t harmful.
          <<

          In an article about Supernova 1987A, if you were as far away from the progenitor as Jupiter is from our Sun (5.2 AU), the neutrino density would have been fatal.

          The movie, “Supernova,” has the heroes escape just before the SN physically blows up. The physical shock-wave from the core rebound takes several hours to reach the surface. The neutrino blast from the core collapse take seconds to reach the surface of the star. Our heroes would have been dead from neutrino radiation long before the star physically blows up.

          Jim

        • Bruce of Newcastle says:

          So you would die of neutrinos the split-microsecond before the lightspeed shock wave of stupendous X and gamma radiation evaporated your body and the subsequent blast of neutrons a millisecond later transmuted the blazing gas into a thousand radioactive isotopes.

          Cool. What a way to go out that would be.

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