New Hyde Park Road School sixth graders in Jennifer Coaker’s class submitted their finished projects to the ASA Solve Together contest.
ASA Solve Together is a competition that challenges students to create innovative solutions to real-world problems. They worked together to find a solution to their identified problem using the ASA contest platform to communicate, collaborate, think critically and be creative. The contest also aims to inspire career exploration and 21st century skill development.
The team from Ms. Coaker’s class chose to solve the ASA-provided challenge of “Building a Colony on Mars.” The team members are Aaron George, Shaurya Patel Kingston Hui, Ava Iskhakov, and Adittya Nischal.
Ms. Coaker’s team worked tirelessly on the challenge since January 2021, often collaborating together on Google Meet after school hours and during winter and spring breaks. Their finished concept was a successful, multibillion-dollar colony on Mars. They created a fully interactive website that displayed facts about the planet and their imagined spacecraft that would transport passengers, as well as fleshed out plans and solutions for heat and electricity, water, oxygen, food and a lot more. Some of the problems they faced included radiation exposure, toxic soil and cold temperatures. The team also came up with 10 rules and laws for their colonists to abide by for safety.
On April 13 through Google Meet, they virtually shared their presentation with their classmates, their families, Principal Kim LaRegina and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Morrison. The team then went on to become top seven teams out of 189 schools. The team were annunced 2nd place winners on a zoom ceremony on May 11, 2021.
For participating in the competition, the team has the opportunity to win up to $20,000 in grants and prizes. ASA Solve Together announced the winners on there website at asasolvetogether.org