After several months of deliberations, North Broward Preparatory School’s Lunatics Team has been named a finalist in the International Space Apps Challenge sponsored by NASA. Over 59 people participated in the International Space Apps Challenge in Orlando, Florida in October. The team members from four countries include Maximo Fernandez Scheinowitz, 12th grade, Argentina; Yiheng Zhu, 12th grade, China; Kyrylo Boiko, 12th grade, Ukraine; and Milo Jonathan Gilad, 12th Grade, from Israel. The team is one of only 36 finalists from around the world and one of only six high school teams represented.
Space Apps is an open competition for creatives, those interested in space science and exploration, and people who want to solve a problem. Each team was tasked with solving one of the challenges created by NASA and using NASA resources to solve the challenge that they selected. This global hackathon encourages participants to embrace collaboration across borders, sectors, and cultures resulting in innovation. Over 29,000 people from 71 countries and in 225 cities around the world participated in the 2019 International Space Apps Challenge.
The Lunatics addressed the problem of lunar dust that clings to everything and is extremely difficult to remove, a challenge faced during Apollo missions. In addition, the dust is dangerous to humans and damaging to spacecraft systems. The team developed a way to detect, map and mitigate lunar dust to reduce the effects on astronauts or spacecraft interior systems. Click here to learn more about the solution developed by the Lunatics team.
“This competition is about finding solutions which is truly at the heart of our STEAM (science technology engineering art math) program at NBP,” said Alex Podchaski, North Broward Prep’s Director of Educational & Information Technology. Podchaski continued, “I am so proud of these students and know that this is just the beginning of their development as creative problem solvers.”
The team progressed from the local challenge and regional levels before being selected as a global finalist. The top six teams are then announced in late January and named ‘Global Award Winners.’ The 2019 award categories are Best Use of Data, Best Use of Hardware, Galactic Impact, Most Inspirational, Best Mission Concept and Best Use of Science.
About North Broward Preparatory School
A day and boarding school, North Broward Preparatory School is an extraordinary community of learners and has been educating, empowering and inspiring day and residential students since 1957. We think beyond traditional education to transform learning and provide unique learning experiences outside of the classroom. Our students are immersed in a multi-cultural community and have the confidence to influence beyond borders.
About Space Apps
Space Apps is a NASA-led initiative organized in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub and SecondMuse.