Student-designed Experiments to Go to ISS

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) — Some experiments designed by space-minded U.S. school kids are going to go far — all the way to the International Space Station, NASA has announced.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected nine experiments from 132 submitted by elementary and junior high school students in a contest to find experiments uniquely suited to the microgravity environment of the ISS, reported Friday.

Astronauts on the space station will perform the experiments, which will be launched this summer, NASA said.

“What a wonderful experience for these kids to have their experiments carried out in space and by astronauts,” Mark Severance, ISS National Laboratory Education projects manager in Houston, said. “This gives students the chance to see what happens differently, other than in the classroom, when their experiment is performed in an environment that is not on Earth.”

Competing students were instructed to design experiments that take no longer than 30 minutes to set up, run and take down.

Representatives at NASA’s 10 field centers selected the student experiments after evaluating each of the 132 entries, NASA said.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.

Categorized | Education, Other
Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.