ETC’s The NASTAR® Center Announces Winner of Student Patch Design Contest Outreach Effort
Southampton, PA, January 11, 2010 – Environmental Tectonics Corporation’s (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR®) Center congratulates today the winner of the NASTAR Student Patch Design Contest Tatsuya Arai, student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Tatsuya’s design has become the new Official Patch for The NASTAR Center’s Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Program, debuting this week, January 12-13th, 2010.
The NASTAR Student Patch Design Contest, held last fall, is part of ongoing an outreach effort for students and teachers to engage in hand-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles, as well as to facilitate a better understanding aerospace topics such as the emerging opportunities in commercial suborbital science. Students entered for a chance to have their design become the official patch of The NASTAR Center’s new Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Program and win prizes that included; an Official NASTAR flight suit with the winning patch sewn on, 30 Patches of their design, website promotion and $500 dollars.
The contest winner, Tatsuya Arai, student at MIT said, “It is a great honor for my patch to have been selected as the official NASTAR scientist patch! The patch design consists of the earth (protons and neutrons) and flying spacecrafts (electrons) to represent suborbital flights (and science). The multiple spacecrafts in the logo represent the near reality of a continuous stream of suborbital flights”. The design was selected for its simplicity and the iconic integration of science and space in a format that remained consistent with previous NASTAR Center patches.
Dozens of entries were submitted ranging from elementary to graduate students from around the world. The winner along with the top 20 entries is predominantly displayed on www.nastarcenter.com/contest-winner.php. Brienna Henwood Manager of Space and Research Programs at The NASTAR Center commented, “The amount of positive feedback from students, parents, and teachers on this contest was overwhelming. We had a hard time selecting just one winner!” ” Because of the response, we are planning on another contest soon.”
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