News from Our Gifted Students

News From Our Gifted Students

The NASA Space Settlement Design Competition is an annual contest, sponsored by the NASA Ames Research CenterSan Jose State University, and the National Space Society (NSS). It is open to students up to 12th grade (18 years old) from anywhere in the world. The challenge to students is to design an orbiting space colony.  Mr. Anderson (Forsyth Gifted Teacher 1-8), shares this is a very open ended project and one of the most interesting aspects of teaching this unit is to see which way the class takes their paper. This year's group wanted to divert from the previous class’s entry. Instead, they focused their paper on the economics of how the colony could produce income to pay for itself by constructing a supply chain that would enable a network of colonies to be constructed.
This year, NASA received approximately 2,691 submissions from 12,899 students worldwide. Out of those submissions only about 5 percent are recognized with an award. Only 8 entries from the United States placed. This year a group of 8th graders from Forsyth placed first in their division. Forsyth has taken first two of the last three years now. The Panthers have two first place finishes, three second place finishes, and a third place in the past eight years. All entrants are invited to attend the International Space Development Conference. The conference moves from year to year to various locations, and this year's conference will be in Arlington. The students participating this year included high schooler: Kellen Hendrix. From the junior high the participants were: Essie Barnhart, Willis Bearden, Haylee Bilyeu, Ayanna Burdi, Case Calhoun, Tyler Carter, Madilynn Cook, Jillian Cooper, Cora Crone, Sophie Douglas, Rolly Fisher, Ryder Fisher, Pace Gillman, Avery Gray, Nick Guy, Sydney Hart, Cole Hesketh, Alex Merrell, Kaden Mingus, Chase Mullen, Chelsea Mullen, Riley Ngo-Russell, Jade Robison, Titan Springer, Colton Voliva, Colton Whisenhunt. The 8th graders from the first place team are: Makenna Carter, Katelyn Collins, Russell Fisch, Lily Hesketh, Gemma Reding, Elissa Russell, and Glendon Streetman.


The 8th graders from the first place team are: Pictured left to right: Lily Hesketh, Elissa Russell, McKenna Carter, Gemma Reding, Katelyn Collins, Glendon Streetman, & Russell Fisch


Pictured above not in any order 7th & 8th grade giftedEssie Barnhart, Willis Bearden, Ayanna Burdi, Madilynn Cook, Cora Crone, Nick Guy, Sydney Hart, Chase Mullen, Chelsea Mullen, Titan Springer, Colton Whisenhunt, Makenna Carter, Katelyn Collins, Russell Fisch, Lily Hesketh, Gemma Reding, Elissa Russell, and Glendon Streetman.


 Pictured above not in any order 5th & 6th grade gifted: Haylee Bilyeu, Case Calhoun, Tyler Carter, Jillian Cooper, Sophie Douglas, Rolly Fisher, Ryder Fisher, Pace Gillman, Avery Gray, Jade Robison, Cole Hesketh, Alex Merrell, Kaden Mingus, Riley Ngo-Russell, Colton Voliva