Selection of 200 semifinalists has begun for the first national Space Shuttle Student Involvement Project, a joint effort of NASA and the National Science Teachers Association. The semi finalists are being selected from 1500 entries.
Objective of the project is to stimulate study of science and technology in grades 9 through 12. Students compete to develop payload experiments suitable for flight aboard the shuttle. The 1500 entries, grouped into 10 geographic areas, are being reviewed by interdisciplinary teams of teachers, scientists, and engineers. Twenty students from each region will be selected. Ten finalists will then be chosen on their scientific or engineering merit. The 10 national winners and their teachers will attend a special education conference late this summer at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.