Winners of 2016 Kelly Lane Earth & Space Science Grant
(Left to right): Tricia Neugebauer
(MCTEA/MHS), Tom Durkin (SD Space Grant), and Marie Gillespie
(Pierre Indian Learning Center)
Mitchell Career and Technical
Education Academy (MCTEA) and Mitchell High School won a $5,000 grant to
purchase the Little Bits Electronics "Pro Library" for use in a
cross-curricular project called "The Electric House". She is
interested in giving her physics students a greater opportunity to explore,
and use, concepts in electricity and circuits in a way that provides for
more creativity while they are learning.
Marie Gillespie of the Pierre Indian Learning Center won a $1,620 grant
for her project titled: "Student Exploration in Near Space". The
purpose of her project is to bring the science standard concepts of weather,
atmosphere, and space together through high-altitude ballooning.
Marie's students will design the balloon payload, select a launch date using
their knowledge of meteorology, analyze data collected by the payload
instruments, and watch as the balloon rises through the various layers of
the atmosphere and finally gives them a glimpse of space.