President Stevo Pendarovski received today high school students who won the annual Macedonian super final of the 48-hour hackathon “NASA Space Apps Challenge 2022”, organized by the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA.
President Pendarovski was informed about the high potential of the completed projects in the recent competition, which resulted in the selection of two winning teams by the jury, for the first time in the 10-year holding of the “NASA Space Apps Challenge” in our country. At the meeting, the winners spoke about their impressions and experiences from the hackathon, as well as about the different areas of knowledge that were necessary for the implementation of their solutions.
Students from Zef Ljusz Marku High School, who make up the YCCC-SPACE EAGLES team, presented their interactive mobile application and website that can be used to investigate the positions and sizes of craters on the moon caused by earthquakes, using seismic and geophysical data obtained from NASA. Their solution is available at: https://www.moonquakes.earth and the complete project they worked on at: https://2022.spaceappschallenge.org/…/space…/project.
The second winning team, AERTH, composed of students from Rade Jovchevski Korchagin and Orce Nikolov high schools, introduced President Pendarovski with their solution that enables monitoring and predicting the movement of the International Space Station, while learning many interesting and important facts about the forces which affect its trajectory. This solution requires knowledge of mathematics, orbital mechanics, physics and programming, and is available at their website: https://aerthisstracker.study. The complete project they worked on, however, is available at: https://2022.spaceappschallenge.org/…/teams/aerth/project .
President Pendarovski emphasized the importance of this international event that recognizes the exceptional quality, ambition and talent of our young people, encouraging their interest in STEM technologies. Congratulating the winners, he expressed his satisfaction that highly motivated and creative profiles from various fields continuously emerge from our country, who overcome the complex challenges set in this competition as a team.
In that direction, President Pendarovski expressed confidence that the participants who will visit the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US, will use this well-deserved privilege for their further personal and professional development, which will undoubtedly have a positive contribution to the wider community they live in.