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Stillwater students place 2nd in international NASA competition

Students from Stillwater Area High School placed 2nd in an international engineering competition put on by NASA. Teams from around the world participated in the 27th annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC).

They spent the last eight months designing, building and testing a human-powered rover on a course that simulates the terrain found on rocky bodies in the solar system. The teams also performed mission tasks while negotiating the course, including sample retrievals and spectrographic analysis.pent the last eight months designing, building, and testing their creations.

In just its first year in competition, the Stillwater HERC team placed second overall in the high school division and won the Ingenuity Award.

The team consists of Ben Abbott (12), Vincent Ramirez (11), Addie Foote (11), Jocelyn McBride (10), James Daum (9), Ethan Foote (9). 

Read more in the Pioneer Press. Watch a video of the rover. See the team complete their tasks.

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