Pella — This year four students from Pella High School got the opportunity to participate in NASA’s Space Settlement Design Competition (SSDC). PHS students traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where they joined approximately 200 other students from NW Iowa and Texas for the competition. This is the first year that students from Pella have been invited to participate in the event. Emily Witt, Taylor Burton, Alex Donelson, and Alex Bragg were the Pella HS participants. The SSDC is designed to provide students with experiences similar to those encountered by real engineers. The competition teaches students to communicate, cope with stress, solve problems, work as a team, manage time, organize a huge task, apply STEM skills, ask questions, assess their solution, evaluate economic costs, and evaluate quality of life on the settlement. Students have 23 hours to complete a plan with a limit of 50 pages and 35 minutes to present their proposal. Their plans are presented to NASA Aerospace Engineers who grill the students with questions when the presentation is over. Students were placed in four teams (engineering companies) and given a request for proposal from the futuristic Foundation Society. The task is placed in the year 2033. This future date invites students to think outside of the box about the technologies that could exist. The task this year was to design a space settlement that orbited the Moon and could hold a society of 5000 people. The settlement needed to be expandable and allow for visitors to travel to and from Earth to the settlement. This year the decision for a winning team was especially difficult due to the exceptional proposals. Alex Donelson was a member of the team that won the competition. Members from his team will be invited back to Houston this summer for the international competition.
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Supreme Court arguments made in Edouard case
Arguments were made before the Iowa Supreme Court Monday, March10, in the ongoing appeal of former Pella Pastor Patrick Edouard.
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Pella Community Calendar of Events
March 6 - 16
- Ag in the Classroom event held - See slideshow Fourth graders from throughout Marion County learned about agriculture on today, March 6, at the Marion County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom event held at the Vermeer Global Pavilion in Pella. Classes from Knoxville, Twin Cedars, Melcher-Dallas, Pella, Pella Christian, and home-schooled students rotated among several learning stations to gain insight into various aspects of agriculture. Heather Bandstra, Lindsey Jansen and Drew Carlson provided animals for the students to see. The Twin Cedars FFA Chapter also assisted the students during the event.
- Pella Students to serve during Spring Break Stephen Dykstra, Hannah Wittenberg and Sarah Wittenberg are three of 177 students from Northwestern College that will travel across the United States and overseas for the college's annual Spring Service Projects (SSP) March 1-11. This year's teams wi
- Assessor test dates scheduled Statewide examinations for positions of deputy assessor and assessor have been scheduled for April, according to Courtney M. Kay-Decker, Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue. The examination for deputy assessor will be held Saturday, April 5, a
- Pella CSD selected for first teacher leadership Superintendent Greg Ebeling recently announced that the Pella Community School District is in the first group of Iowa school districts selected to launch teacher leadership systems next school year. Teacher leadership systems will allow teachers
- Martin elected Student Body President at Wartburg College Jacob Martin, of Pella, has been elected Wartburg College Student Body President for the 2014-15 school year alongside vice president Teri Mueller, according to a release last week. Martin and Mueller received 51.15 percent of the vote, edging Nicole
- Pella actors in 'Les Miserables' Sara Collins, Annie Foskett, Greg May, and Pat Moriarity have been rehearsing since December in Newton Community Theatre's upcoming new production of Boublil and Schonberg's "Les Miserables." With a cast of over 50 area actors they are excited to bri
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