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ANNOUNCING THE RESULTS OF THE...
"WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE THESE P.E.T. MYSTERY SITES?" ACTIVITY
Forty-five elementary, middle school, and high school classes
(approximately 1100 students) completed the Mystery Site Activity.
Each class submitted an entry by the due date (May 20th 1997) indicating
their BEST answers for the locales of the five MYSTERY SITES.
This enrichment activity required students to use their
critical thinking skills to analyze descriptive information
including weather, soil, water, flora and fauna data and digital
images (GIF files) and posed a *rigorous challenge* for all
participants. Each and every class can be PROUD of having
accepted and completed the challenge! It was no easy task!!
A full description of this activity is available online
via the Mars Team Online web site at:
The WINNING CLASSES for each LEVEL are indicated below. Thanks to all who
participated and CONGRATULATIONS to ALL who gave this their best effort!!
LEVEL ONE: ELEMENTARY (Sites #2,3, 5, 6, and 7)
Ten classes participated -- THREE classes had four out of
five answers CORRECT...
1) April Weyand of Gidding, Texas
WINNER -----> APRIL WEYAND's class won the RANDOM DRAWING!<------
2) Julie Taylor of Adelanto, California
3) Sharon Regner of Los Gatos, California
OTHER PARTICIPATING CLASSES:
Ginny Dexter-- Hydesville School, Hydesville, California;
Mellie Lewis-- Atholton Elementary School, Columbia, Maryland;
Clara Schoppe (homeschool) of Gilman, VT;
Elaine Heine -- Lockmar Elementary of Palm Bay,Florida;
Ken Gagner--Morris Area Elementary of Morris, Minnesota;
Patricia Steiner-- John Glenn School of Pine Hill, New Jersey; and
Robin Woods--The Harley School of Rochester, NY.
LEVEL TWO: MIDDLE SCHOOL (Sites 1,2, 3, 4, 5)
Thirty-four middle school classes completed the challenge. Six classes
tied for the highest score of *three out of five* correct answers. Eleven
classes had two out of five correct, and fourteen had at least one correct
The HIGHEST SCORING CLASSES included:
Darlene Taylor (Dixon Middle School, Provo, Utah MESA 1st hour)
WINNER -----> Eileen Bendixsen's class won the RANDOM DRAWING! <------
Eileen Bendixsen (Beers Street Middle School, Hazlet, NJ Period 10)
Cheryl Slawsky (Beers Street Middle School, Hazlet, NJ Period 2)
Susan Hurstcalderone (Sacrament School, Washington, DC 8AB)
Kable 7 (Gates Intermediate, Scituate, MA)
Kable 1 (Gates Intermediate, Scituate, MA)
OTHER PARTICIPATING CLASSES:
James Carter -- South Lee, England;
Susan Hurstcalderone--8CD-Sacrament School, DC;
Lucy Marske--Souix Center Middle School-four classes-Sioux Center,
Pam Wells Peters-- Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School-Juneau, Alaska,
Cheryl Slawsky--Beers Street Middle School- Period 10, 1, 8, 9;
Eileen Bendixsen-- Beers Street Middle School, Period 3, 6-7, 8,
Arachnids, Hazlet, NJ;
Clara Schoppe-- Homeschool, Gilman, VT;
Ann Min-- Beardsley Middle School, Crystal Lake, Illinois;
Theresa Hall, Canyon ES, Grade 6, La Canada, California;
Ruth Wahl - Central School, Allegheny, NY;
Susan Cowles--Linn-Benton School, Albany, Oregon,
Charles Lindgren-- Periods 1,2,4,5,6 and
Kable--Period 1, 3, 4, 6--Gates Intermediate School, Scituate, MA.
LEVEL THREE: HIGH SCHOOL
Two classes completed the activity --
Karen Young's and Debora Mosher's classes. High school-level students
were required to submit their best guess for the exact
location in LATITUDE and LONGITUDE for each of the
Mystery Sites. The basis of determining the winner was the
LOWEST total number of degrees off from the exact locations.
WINNER --------------> Karen Young's Class, Serrano High School,
Partnership Academy Environmental Science, Grades 10 and 11.
Karen's class submitted latitude and longitude which was only 169 degrees
85 minutes off for ALL FIVE SITES. Karen's class came within 1 degree of
Mystery Site #4 and 3 degrees 40 minutes of Mystery Site # 5! Debora
Mosher's students (Virginia Beach, VA) had a total of 231 degrees 47
minutes off. These students also came >>>>very close<<<< to the exact
locations for sites number four and five!
Both classes did terrific given the level of difficulty!!