Four Orem sixth graders chosen to build their experiment with NASA
Four Orem elementary students will get to work with NASA engineers after creating a winning experiment proposal.
The four sixth graders from Parkside Elementary School were one of 60 teams across the nation to win the NASA TechRise Student Challenge, which was open to sixth through 12th graders in the US. They were one of only two sixth grade teams to be chosen, and the only ones from Utah.
The Parkside Elementary students submitted an experiment proposal to measure the extent to which pollution in the ozone layer affects solar energy. They’re currently meeting with NASA engineers weekly on Zoom to help them build the experiment, and in May they and all the other teams will come together for a showcase of their experiments. Then, in the summer, the experiments will be launched into the atmosphere in a NASA-sponsored high-altitude balloon for a four-hour flight to collect data.