Come bend, stretch, and help the Fiddlernauts reach the stars! For your $10 donation, come enjoy an unheated, all levels 60 minute class taught by Emily Bowser with assistance from Margaret Brockland-Nease. Proceeds will help the Isle of Hope K-8 School Astronaut Club, aka the “Fiddlernauts,” and help them get to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to compete in the National Student Astronaut Challenge.
More about the Isle of Hope K-8 School Astronaut Club:
This is Isle of Hope’s third consecutive year of competing in the challenge, which is a national competition for middle and high schoolers that was initiated by Florida State University to facilitate greater student interest and learning in science and mathematics. The IOHS Astronaut Club was created and is advised by 6th grade teacher Ms. Carolyn Rethwisch.
To be eligible for the Kennedy competition, student teams must pass a qualifying written exam on the history and science of the Space Shuttle program. This year, like last year, Isle of Hope School successfully qualified two complete teams of students for the national finals.
The three-day-long Kennedy competition requires student teams (five active members and two alternates per team) to fly a mission in a Space Shuttle simulator, as well as to complete challenges in piloting, engineering, mathematics and multi-media presentation. Isle of Hope placed second in the national finals in 2017 and in 2018. In 2019, they hope to take the top spot.
To transport and support two student teams for the Kennedy competition will cost just over $15,000. The students, their coaches, families, and supporters have raised more than $12,000 so far, and your contribution will help them get one step closer to the total amount needed!