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Clear Lake High School team best in the world

From the Clear Creek Independent School District

August 22, 2007

LEAGUE CITY—The Clear Lake High School Earth Angels recently competed in the Global Enterprise Challenge in Cardiff, Wales as Team USA.

The students won the honor to represent the United States earlier this year in the Texas and national trials. Thousands of students from around the world competed to represent their own countries, and the final competition included teams from Australia, England, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Wales, and the United States.

The twenty-four hour competition required each team to write a business plan, to make a prototype model, and to create a presentation for a commercially-viable product or service in response to a global issue or concern. The entrepreneurship education program is sponsored by the Scottish Space School Foundation and Careers Scotland and receives strong support from NASA and Space Center Houston.

Astronaut Mike Baker opened the competition with the announcement of this year’s challenge: To produce a working model of an innovative game that will entertain, inform, and educate 8-12 year olds about global citizenship.

Team USA captured the first place prize for their product, an interactive online game called X-Plorer. The members of Team USA: Lauren Anderson, Ankur Dass, Maria Granato, Kevin Kin, Kade Martinez, Prashant Prasad, Lindsay Ripley, and Jack Wehman. Sarah Zarcaro is the team’s teacher/sponsor, and Michael Zarcaro of GeoControl Systems served as the team’s community business mentor.

The following companies, organizations, and individuals were sponsors of Team USA and made the trip to the competition possible: Barrios Technology, Camden Properties, GeoControl Systems, MRI Technologies, Muniz Engineering, The Rotary Club of Space Center, Bill and Tamara Anderson, and Ann and Jim O’Malley.

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