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Pawnee Heights students win space award
courtesy photo Pawnee Heights students who are winners in the Future Engineers contest to design projects for NASA are shown with their sponsor, instructor David Auldridge. Front row, from left: Aylah Kolb, Cody Holste, Kaylea Pelton, Miguel Ibarra and Logan Enabit. Back row: Lauryn Snodgrass, Abby Hands, Kolby Ryan, Kooper Rasmussen, Augustus Baier and instructor David Auldridge.

Pawnee Heights USD 496 eighth graders and one sixth grader have been selected as winners in the NASA TechRise program, according to Future Engineers sponsored the nationwide contest in which schools could enter proposals in either Suborbital Rocket or High Altitude Balloon.

The Pawnee Heights students, under the direction of instructor David Auldridge, received their award in the suborbital rocket category by proposing a design for a coffee grinder to provide astronauts with fresh coffee while in space.

The class at Pawnee Heights will receive a prize of $1,500 with which to build their experiment and an assigned spot to test it on a NASA sponsored suborbital flight sponsored by Blue Origin, UP Aerospace or Raven Aerostar. The Pawnee Heights class will be on the Blue Origin New Shepard launch vehicle.

The NASA TechRise Student Challenge invites students to design, build and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and high-altitude balloons. The challenge aims to inspire a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, electronics, and the value of test data.