8th Grader Wins NASA Patch Design Competition

8th Grader Wins NASA Patch Design Competition

Top 5 of 10,000

LEWISTON, ID – A Lewiston 8th grader is helping NASA get to Mars.  Sacajawea Jr. High student Madison Morgan is one of five winners from around the world who competed in the Forward To The Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge.  Nearly 10,000 students designed and submitted patches, then animated them using the youth coding program at Tynker.com.

NASA is headed to the Moon in 2024 and then on to Mars.  NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of STEM Engagement says “To achieve our mission, we need the next generation of STEM students to join us.”  He hopes the collaboration of the space organization and Tynker will “inspire students in STEM to be a large part of our future to the Moon and Mars.”

Madison’s patch design includes the moon, the constellation Orion, a shuttle, stars, and Mars.  In the animated version here:  https://www.tynker.com/community/projects/play/5cc7a1f6b7ccdd235d6c2dc2  she animates Orion to shoot the shuttle from his bow on to the red planet.

The description of the video by Madison says “The four stars symbolize that up to four astronauts will make the journey on this mission. The constellation Orion is shooting the rocket because the ship used on this mission will be the Orion.”

As a winner, Madison will get the chance to video chat with a NASA expert this week.  She’ll get to ask questions about NASA, space travel, and anything else on her mind about extraterrestrial exploration.

Talking about the patch submission, Tynker’s Vice President of Educator Programs Kaustav Mitra says “Each and every patch tells a unique story and impressed us and the team at NASA in different ways, so you can imagine it was difficult to select our five winners. We are thrilled with the results and hope that this first challenge has inspired a new generation of kids to learn more about space missions, NASA and the impact that Makers have on space exploration.”

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