The third prize for “Most Educational Initiative” goes to Team BSS from the Blessed Sacrament School, Burlington, NC, USA. Blessed Sacrament School is a K-8 school and in the Fall of 2014, they introduced a year-long STEM project to integrate a HAB launch into their lessons. Middle school students designed and built the payload, while students from Kindergarten through 8th grade attended sessions about what a HAB is and how it works. Grade level appropriate lessons were integrated into the curriculum to inspire and ignite excitement for the launch at the Burlington Mini Maker Faire. The entire project involved all 165 students, 25 teachers and countless parents and community members, and beyond the launch the group has made literature available for community members, parents, educators from other schools and organizations who are interested in repeating the project. Congratulations to Team BSS for creating a meaningful, sustainable program for both the students and the community.
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