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900 students participate in aerospace challenge

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MESA, Ariz. -

Some Arizona students are working on a tough assignment -- it involves traveling into space and surviving.

900 students from 34 different schools in the state are putting their heads together to make this special project work.

The project is a working space station.  50 people will live on it for two years -- food will be important.

"Our foods are listed right there and what they have.. proteins, vitamins, calcium and hydrated food.. save space and weight," said Abby Converse, a student.

They are also working on how the astronauts will live on another planet.

"We have a few components.  Each component is hooked up with the hallways.. they have five inch walls, so fire would go out," said Josh Berghorst, another student.

Teachers like the hands-on lessons and working in teams.

"So much of what we do in school is just sitting in a chair, leaning this way.. gets them to be creative. It's a better way to learn," said Jacki Flowers, a teacher.

The students are 5th to 8th graders.  They're excited about their projects, but not so sure they would want to go into space.

"I think it would be really cool to go up to space, but it would be sad to leave my family behind," said Converse.

But Converse and her team sure would like to win.

The winner gets an all-expense paid trip to the Fiesta Bowl in 2015.  The final competition is Feb. 22nd at the Arizona Science Center.

Online: www.fiestabowl.org/events/aerospace-challenge.php


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