Cheryl Smith, program associate, Iowa Space Grant Consortium, (319) 273-6809
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The sixth-period 9th grade physics class at Turkey Valley High School in Jackson Junction won this year's Space Week Science Challenge, a contest open to all K-12 Iowa classrooms. The winners were announced October 23 by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, one of the contest sponsors.
The winning class, taught by Caroline Scheidel, will receive a Meade ETX Astro telescope and a Garmin e-TREX GPS receiver for their classroom and a field trip to the Science Station and IMAX Theatre in Cedar Rapids. The teachers at Turkey Valley High School won an in-service training session and curriculum materials from the Iowa State University Extension Service's Science, Engineering and Technology team.
Meade ETX Astro telescopes also were awarded to the top classroom entries in two other categories. The 2nd-3rd grade talented and gifted classroom of Marilyn Hawkins at Mount Ayr Elementary won for category K-3, and the 4th-8th grade science classroom of Gary Bottorff at Lansing Middle School won for category 4-8.
Contestants listened to special editions of the Earth and Sky radio program broadcast by WHO Radio in Des Moines during Space Week, October 4-10. Topics included the greenhouse effect, volcanoes, the moon and asteroids. Students then took a quiz based on the radio programs and supporting activities.
Each of the 43 classrooms that entered the contest will receive a classroom space travel kit from Team Encounter. The number of entries for the competition has doubled since last year.
Corporate contest sponsors were WHO Radio and the Earth and Sky radio program. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-supported organization aimed at increasing interest in aerospace education and research. Its academic members are the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.