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Sev Gurleyici ’23 creates app for NASA to navigate Moon

January 21, 2021

Sophomore Sevginaz "Sev" Gurleyici competed in the NASA App Development Challenge this past fall. Her team, comprised of local students, was named one of the top 10 teams in the Challenge.

The NASA App Development Challenge is a coding challenge where NASA presents technical problems to middle and high school students seeking student contributions to future exploration missions. By responding to the App Development Challenge, students take a part directly in the Artemis Generation endeavors to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024.  

Sev and her team crunched lunar terrain data to create an app that visualizes the South Pole region of the Moon. As one of the winning teams, they will be able to participate in a NASA leadership event in February.

“I’d love to spread interest — while not forcing it on them — amongst my own friends in school,” she said. “I’m interested in medicine, so finding a project or competition where coding and medicine work hand-in-hand would be interesting.”

Read the full article about the team and the Challenge here.