Trinity 9 from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School won first place in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge on February 9! Nearly 200 teams from throughout the Valley participated in the Aerospace Challenge. Trinity 9 is composed of eighth graders Adam Acunin, Annie Dawson, Enzo Gonzales, Nate George, and Ava Larkin.
Q. What was your objective for the Honeywell Aerospace Challenge?
Annie: To design a ten year mission to sustain life for 24 people on Phobos, a Martian moon.
Q. How did you come up with your team name?
Ava: Trinity represents our Catholic identity and the ninth launch is our first human launch to Phobos.
Q. What prizes did you win?
Nate: We each got a GoPro camera, an all expense paid trip to space camp in Huntsville, AL. Raspberry Pi Piper Computer Kit, and we will also get to attend the 2020 Fiesta Bowl and get to go out onto the field and be recognized during half time!
Q. What was your favorite part of the doing your aerospace project?
Adam: Doing the 10 minute presentation.
Annie: Organizing our team binder and doing the research for the project.
Ava: Making the model.
Nate: Making up the secondary mission – a game called Orb Tag.
Enzo: Meeting astronaut, Robert Gibson.
Q. Did you encounter challenges?
All: We worked really well together!
Q. How many hours do you think your team spent working on your aerospace project?
Annie: We spent about 200 hours of research and meeting times, and writing over 200 pages of a research report. We also had to create and memorize a 10 minute presentation.