6th Grade Experiment to Be Tested in Outer Space!

Ms. Carol Kelly's 6th grade students presenting their winning experiment recently at the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Conference at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. From left to right Richard Kurjanski, Hassain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Leo Musitano, Jacob Veeder (at podium).
Ms. Carol Kelly's 6th grade students presenting their winning experiment recently at the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Conference at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. From left to right Richard Kurjanski, Hassain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Leo Musitano, Jacob Veeder (at podium).
A team of Carol Kelly's 6th grade students were in Washington DC to present details of the experiment they have designed as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, which will fly to the International Space Station in the fall. Ms. Kelly (right) and STEM Coach Ms. Mari Scardapane with our 6th grade team at the Smithsonian.
A team of Carol Kelly's 6th grade students were in Washington DC to present details of the experiment they have designed as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, which will fly to the International Space Station in the fall. Ms. Kelly (right) and STEM Coach Ms. Mari Scardapane with our 6th grade team at the Smithsonian.
Our 6th grade team with their families enjoy the day at the Smithsonian.
Our 6th grade team with their families enjoy the day at the Smithsonian.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom, joins Mari Scardapane (right) and Carol Kelly to present Certificates of Merit for their participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program. Ms. Kelly’s team had the winning SSEP experiment: Effect of Microgravity of How Detergent Plus Polymer Beads Clean a Cotton Cloth.  Team members: Hussain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Richard Kurjanski, Leo Musitano, Stephan Tsolis, and Jacob Veeder.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Jared Bloom, joins Mari Scardapane (right) and Carol Kelly to present Certificates of Merit for their participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program. Ms. Kelly’s team had the winning SSEP experiment: Effect of Microgravity of How Detergent Plus Polymer Beads Clean a Cotton Cloth. Team members: Hussain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Richard Kurjanski, Leo Musitano, Stephan Tsolis, and Jacob Veeder.
Dr. Bloom congratulates Mia Stampfel and YiMei Potzinger, both 5th-graders from Maplewood Intermediate School, for their winning patch design. The group is joined by Mari Scardapane and teachers Anthony Fauci and Anissa McQueen.
Dr. Bloom congratulates Mia Stampfel and YiMei Potzinger, both 5th-graders from Maplewood Intermediate School, for their winning patch design. The group is joined by Mari Scardapane and teachers Anthony Fauci and Anissa McQueen.
Dr. Bloom and Mari Scardapane congratulate Liz Correll’s students Donald Basedow, Victoria Bauer, Ethan Ford, Emily Gorecki, and Victoria Isernia on their SSEP Finalist experiment- Effect of Microgravity on Skin Absorption of Moisturizer.
Dr. Bloom and Mari Scardapane congratulate Liz Correll’s students Donald Basedow, Victoria Bauer, Ethan Ford, Emily Gorecki, and Victoria Isernia on their SSEP Finalist experiment- Effect of Microgravity on Skin Absorption of Moisturizer.
Dr. Bloom and Mari Scardapane congratulate SSEP Finalist Liz Correll, a grade 5 teacher at Birchwood, whose students; Kaylin Alvarez, Ziyad Choudry, Brianna Morrissey, and Dylan Thody presented an experiment about the Effect of Microgravity on Solidification Process of Cement.
Dr. Bloom and Mari Scardapane congratulate SSEP Finalist Liz Correll, a grade 5 teacher at Birchwood, whose students; Kaylin Alvarez, Ziyad Choudry, Brianna Morrissey, and Dylan Thody presented an experiment about the Effect of Microgravity on Solidification Process of Cement.

A team of students from Silas Wood 6th Grade Center is interested in finding out if polymer beads can clean laundry in zero gravity.  Their findings could help astronauts clean their clothes on the International Space Station, and in the future, on the moon or Mars!

Six students will have the opportunity to test their experiment on the International Space Station later this year.  As a part of the *Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), they will be among a select group of students who have had the opportunity to conduct research in microgravity. 

During the mission, the student team will conduct two identical experiments – one on the Space Station and one in their classroom – to see if microgravity has an impact on the effectiveness of the polymer beads.  The Polymer beads, supplied by Xeros Corporation, clean by expanding when in contact with a small amount of water, absorbing stains.  The students predict the beads will work the same way in space, eventually allowing astronauts to clean their clothes while preserving water, a precious resource in space.

The winning team members are: Hassain Babar, Dylan Cellamare, Richard Kurjanski, Leo Musitano, Stephan Tsolis, and Jacob Veeder.  The group will begin 7th grade next year at Stimson Middle School.  Their teacher at Silas Wood is Ms. Carol Kelly.

The STEM Experiment was selected from 40 proposals submitted by 184 students from three South Huntington schools.  A local committee made up of students, teachers and administrators from the Farmingdale University STEP Program, and a representative from the Astronomical Society of LI selected the top three experiments.  A national review board, convened by the National Center of Earth and Space Science Education, which administers the program, selected the South Huntington experiment for spaceflight.

A student-designed mission patch will travel to the International Space Station with the experiment. Mia Stampfel and YiMei Potzinger both 5th-graders from Maplewood Intermediate School designed the winning patch.  The patches will be certified as having flown in space and returned to display in South Huntington after the flight is completed.

Congratulations to all of our students who submitted experiments for judging, and especially to the finalists at Birchwood and Maplewood Intermediate School. This is an exciting example of how our STEM program in South Huntington is blossoming throughout the various grades and we are extremely proud of our winning team from Silas Wood, Long Island’s 1st STEM Career Academy.

Funding from local and national partners, including A Plus, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Casis, Cameron Engineering, Circor Airospace, Farmingdale State University, Long Island Forum for Technology, Subaru, and Zion Youth of Elmont made this wonderful experience possible. 

*The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, which is working with NASA under a formal Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.