The second place prize for “Most Educational Initiative” goes to Team ACES. Team ACES is a collaboration between parent and volunteers engaged in promoting STEM education and Albert Cassen’s Elementary School in Glen Carbon, IL USA, including seven 5th grade teachers and their 170 students. The Team ACES entry into GSBC 2015 was designed to break the Guinness World Record for Highest Paper Plane Launch, as the school district had adopted aviation as a theme and used paper airplanes to teach concepts of force and motion. The students built multiple drop-test models before a final design was chosen and launched in front of the entire school, media, and even the mayor. They achieved an altitude of 107,811 ft, which is more than 10,000 ft above the current record (data and supporting documents are currently being evaluated by Guinness). Congratulations to Team ACES for successfully designing and executing an exciting project that supported existing curriculum while enhancing the educational experience.
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