SCCPSS middle school students attending the Savannah-Chatham E-Learning Academy recently competed against some of the best middle school engineering/aerospace schools in the south and qualified in the Top 11 for the Student Astronaut Challenge National Finals. The Student Astronaut Challenge is an aero-space based competition sponsored by Florida State University and presented with cooperation from NASA and the Kennedy Space Center. The focus of the competition is the mobile
Space Flight Simulator designed to replicate the retired NASA Space Shuttle.
The competition takes place through four events: the Aerospace Engineering Challenge; the Space Science Design Challenge; the Space Shuttle Flight Simulation Challenge; and the Space Shuttle Landing Simulation Challenge. The National Finals Competition is scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Space Center in February if in-person competition is permitted. If the competition must be held virtually, dates will be determined.
Congratulations to the following members of the SCELA-naut team! Chy’Andrea Jenkins, Kaeleb Wilcox, Janice Miranda, Olivia Hampton, J’Kaalah Cole, Simone Hicks, Isabella Frazier, Ava Jones, Zecoi Mincey, Narcy Velasquez, and Chase Usry.
In the Aerospace Engineering Challenge, students are provided an aerospace related problem that they must solve while working as mission control and Skylab flight crew.
In the Space Science Design Challenge, teams submit a design proposal including a prototype.
In the Space Shuttle Flight Simulation Challenge, teams work to perform the pre-flight operation, launch, orbit and landing of the Space Shuttle Simulator.
In the Space Shuttle Landing Simulation Challenge, team members perform one of three types of landings of the flight simulator.