Students create proposal for experiment in space

by: Guilford County Schools, News & Record (print), 11/7/2012

Groups of young Guilford County Schools scientists are once again preparing proposals for the chance to test an experiment on the International Space Station.

Students from Ferndale Middle, Johnson Street Global Studies, Mendenhall Middle, Northwest Middle, Southern Middle, The STEM Early College at A&T, The Middle College at UNCG and Welborn Academy of Science and Technology visited the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering on Oct. 24 to learn more about the limitations in designing experiments for small spaces and to discuss their ideas with graduate students.

During their visit, students were able to get a firsthand look at some of the equipment used by scientists, including a scanning electron microscope and a helium ion microscope.

This is the third opportunity for GCS students to send science experiments into space.

A mold growth experiment by Johnson Street is on the International Space Station.

In 2011, a team from Mendenhall Middle sent an experiment on brine shrimp on the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavor.

An experiment from one of these schools will be selected to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program in the spring.

For more information, contact Shirley Stipe-Zendle, Northern Region student services administrator, at 375-2631.