NASA Engineering Design Challenge

I finalized my contract today to work on the instructional evaluation team for the RealWorld - InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge. The RW phase involves teams of grade 9 to 12 learners and facilitators working on design solutions to problems associated with the James Webb Space Telescope. In the IW phase, teams of 3 to 4 students move into a virtual environment to finish the competiion. While the RW phase of the competition is open to all grade 9 to 12 classrooms, participation in the IW phase is limited to US citizens ... sorry, I didn't make the rules or fund the grant :) Registration to the website is free and open to anyone, so log on and poke around the site or take the challenge with kids in your classroom.