SISTERS, OR -- Ethan Ferwalt, Ashonte Hull, and Amy Hills have been selected from applicants all over the world to represent Sisters High School at the Asgard Project, a science competition in Brussels, Belgium.
Their chemistry teacher, Rima Givot, says the three are all excellent students, and she's not surprised their project impressed the prestigious committee. "The students had an opportunity to put together an experiment to send up in a near-space weather balloon to physically test something that they find interesting and would also contribute to the better knowledge of what we don't know yet."
Applications were submitted from students all over the world and Givot says Ferwalt, Hull and Hills' was the only one chosen from the United States.
Givot says The Asgard Project accepted 20 different schools to invite to Belgium where the students will send their near-space experiments up in an atmospheric balloon and that this has been quite a learning process for her students. "They originally had to submit the proposal and once they were selected, now they're in the process of actually designing their experiment and testing it. At this point, they've come up with a prototype. Every month, they have to submit a report to the project in Belgium, and then, they'll go towards the end of April to actually send it up in the balloon with the other students."
Ferwalt and Hull are Seniors and Hills is a junior at SHS. Their project studies the effects of a near-space atmosphere on electronics.