Manchester Community Schools Corp. is located in North Manchester, IN.

A project by students at Manchester Junior-Senior High School has been selected for a trip into space. More than 600 schools took part in NASA’s “TechRise Student Challenge,” and 57 projects were chosen for the special journey.

The Manchester team wants to test the effectiveness of lubricants in microgravity, and with $1,500 in NASA funding, they’ll now build that experiment and send it into suborbital space on a Blue Origin rocket.

“This is going to be a fantastic experience,” Squire Tech Team member Gabe Case said. “A real-world experience.”

Manchester Junior-Senior High School is one of two from the Hoosier State to have winning submissions in the TechRise Student Challenge. The other is North Putnam Middle School in Roachdale.

Proposals were evaluated on criteria including the originality of the idea, its impact on education and society and the quality of the build plan.

“At NASA, we educate and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The TechRise Student Challenge is an excellent way for students to get hands-on experience designing, building, and launching experiments on suborbital vehicles. I’m so impressed we received hundreds of entries from across the country, and I want to congratulate the winning teams. I can’t wait to see these incredible experiments come to life!”

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