A Umatilla High School student will travel to Florida this month to participate in the finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition.

Anthony Ibarra, who is an incoming junior, will represent the Umatilla High School robotics program at the event.

Ibarra will compete as part of a team in an industry simulation game, designed to emulate the experience of working on an aerospace industry proposal team. The teams will each have managers from the industry to help them prepare for the competition, before they present to a panel of judges.

In a press release from the Umatilla School District, Ibarra said he is a little nervous, but looks forward to the competition.

“I have liked participating in the Umatilla Robotics Program because I like working with my hands and hope to become an engineer,” Ibarra said.

The Umatilla School District was able to send one student to the competition through a partnership with the JPL Museum in Stayton, Oregon, as well as through the assistance of Dr. Norman Chaffee. The museum was established in 2015, and centers on the career of Joseph Loftus, a 47-year employee of NASA.

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