ActivePaper Archive EDUCATION NOTES - Oklahoman, 6/5/2016

EDUCATION NOTES

OU WINS NASA COMPETITION

The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Rover Team took top honors in NASA’s 2016 collegiate rover design competition, besting seven other universities and an engineering team from NASA. Besides bragging rights, the team won $6,000 in prize money.

NASA’s 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Exploration Robo-Ops competition began in October.

Teams received $10,000 from NASA to build a remotely operated planetary rover prototype. The teams competed with their rovers May 24-26 at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“The winning team displayed incredible innovation,” Pat Troutman of NASA’s Langley Research Center, said in the announcement. “The rover from Oklahoma smashed all previous records by 50 percent.”

Team members are Nathan Justus, chief engineer, and Bill Doyle, Jacob Jordan, Dane Schoelen, Brent Wolf, Timothy Turner, Eric Handry, Alex Bordering and Brian Brown. David Miller served as faculty sponsor and coach.

STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR FREE MEALS

Oklahoma City Public Schools is participating in the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s summer feeding program. Free meals are provided to youth up to age 18.

Some schools will begin serving meals Monday and some will begin June 13. Not every school is participating. For locations, dates and times, call Sarah Hache with school nutrition services at 587-1025.

The Regional Food Bank also partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation, YMCA and other nonprofits to serve children meals and snacks at nonschool locations weekdays in June and July.

For locations and times go to www.regionalfoodbank.org/get-help/summer-feeding. All sites will be closed July 4.

FROM STAFF REPORTS