Daily Reporter staff reports
GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central High School students will be among nearly 100 teams competing this month in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.
The team recently practiced at Beckenholdt Park in Greenfield for the competition scheduled for April 17 and 18 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
According to NASA, the rover challenge requires students to design, construct and race human-powered rovers through an obstacle course simulating the terrain potentially found in distant planets, asteroids or moons. Teams race to finish the course with the fastest times.
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The event will conclude with an awards ceremony with prizes for best design, rookie team and other accomplishments.
The Greenfield-Central team includes Spencer Baker, Miranda Shook, Rachel Visnack, Adam Grimes, Austin Jones and Graeme Basey. Teacher and parent advisers are Scott Kleine, Kelley Basey, Bill McKenna and Beth Shook.
Teams are from high schools and colleges from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international teams from Mexico, Germany, India and Russia. The Greenfield-Central team is the only high school team from Indiana; Purdue and Trine universities are also sending teams.
Last year, the Greenfield-Central team placed 31st out of 91 teams.
Sponsors include the Greenfield-Central School Foundation, Keihin and Hancock Wellness Center.