What does the snow surface temperature have to be to make a good snowball in Alaska?
A team of Main Street School fifth graders have a pretty good idea.
The Main Street School Sea Divers earned third place in this year's SATELLITES program competition, held on April 20 at the Geospatial Technology Conference at Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center.
The SATELLITES program stands for "Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth From Space."
Teacher Marcy Burns, as well as students Gabby Oney, Della Owens, Scottie Slauterbeck, Mike Nelson and Kailee Flowers placed third, competing against numerous high school teams. Other students from the Sea Divers also entered projects, but were not finalists.
Student projects were evaluated by a panel of judges and the top three projects received a trophy for their schools and ribbons for the students.
The process began with a total of 109 student inquiry research projects based on the SATELLITES Program being displayed throughout the Great Lakes Science Center.
The Geospatial Technology Conference featured more than 500 students, 38 teachers and 66 other school personnel as participants. They came from 21 different schools, including a home school in Alaska, career center, university, elementary schools as well as middle, junior high and high schools.
The public can view the winning projects from Tuesday through July 6 in the Map Room of the Statehouse in Columbus. State lawmakers will launch the display at 2 p.m. Tuesday.