Rachel Eckert's "Limitless Innovation from Exploration" was the first place winner for the middle school division of the Because It Flew art competition. Image Credit: NASA/USA TodayMiddle and high school students from across the United States commemorated the Space Shuttle Program's 30-year legacy by creating unique artwork illustrating the shuttle's accomplishments in space and on Earth. Each piece of artwork submitted for the Because It Flew space shuttle art competition was accompanied by a 250-word essay describing how the shuttle ignited new scientific discoveries and technological advances. Many of the winning submissions show the space shuttle breaking through the confines of Earth and moving toward new frontiers, displaying far-off planets and galaxies in original ways.
Shiloh Schatzkamer won first place in the high school division with her entry "Because It Flew." Image Credit: NASA/USA TodayA panel of expert judges evaluated student submissions. The top six entries in two age brackets (9 to 13 and 14 to 17) will receive prizes that include cash, a private tutoring session with USA Today graphic artist Robert Ahrens and a certificate of accomplishment. The winning artwork also will be showcased as banners on usatoday.com and usatodayeducation.com.