Vinemont High team wins InSPIRESS Competition at UAH


Vinemont High School's InSPIRESS team / Photo courtesy of Shannon Bridges

VINEMONT – Vinemont High School’s InSPIRESS team won its division in the InSPIRESS Competition at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Dec. 15. 

“The mission this year was to design a payload that would go to the moon and investigate properties that would allow humans to be able to live there.  The team will get to travel to Washington D.C. during the summer to showcase their design for NASA,” said Vinemont’s InSPIRESS sponsor, Shannon Bridges, in an email to The Tribune.

The Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Students (InSPIRESS) is an outreach project that provides the opportunity for high school students to develop and design a scientific payload to be accommodated on a spacecraft which is designed by undergraduate students in the UAHuntsville IPT project.  High school students collaborate with the undergraduate engineering students to understand the engineering requirements, the design process, and the role a customer plays in design.  InSPIRESS teams compete for selection by the undergraduate engineering teams. (

Vinemont’s team members:

  • Project Manager – Skye Graham
  • Chief Engineer- Derrick Ransom
  • Design Team- Justin Hoffman, Baylee Jennings, Braxton Thompson
  • CEA Team- Hillary Holcomb, Jamie Marotz, Abby Sikes
  • Teacher – Shannon Bridges

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