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Students place second in NASA challenge

Westminster Elementary School students received second-place for their entry in the national 2018 NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. - Original Credit: Courtesy Photo
Westminster Elementary School students received second-place for their entry in the national 2018 NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. - Original Credit: Courtesy Photo (/HANDOUT)

Wyatt Sharp and Landyn Mansfield, students in Tracey Cavey's fifth-grade class at Westminster Elementary School, took second place for the elementary group in the national 2018 NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. They were the only team from Maryland to be selected as finalists. As part of the challenge, students were asked to use their imagination and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world, finding a new purpose for an existing NASA technology. Their project focused on an electric solar gas compressor, an invention designed to power natural gas appliances using solar power. To display their research and ideas, students used a combination of text, images, and videos to create a Glogster Multimedia Poster, and the top "glogs" were chosen by public vote.

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