5th Grade Experiment is Out of This World

Jacianna Chiechi, Alex Romano, and Gianni Balanos with their parents prepare to load their experiment to launch to the space station. thumbnail121533
Jacianna Chiechi, Alex Romano, and Gianni Balanos with their parents prepare to load their experiment to launch to the space station.
Christina Rosploch, Jancarlos Silva, and Jacianna Chiechi practice loading their samples to send to space.  thumbnail121534
Christina Rosploch, Jancarlos Silva, and Jacianna Chiechi practice loading their samples to send to space.
Brihanna Floyd explains her mission patch design. thumbnail121535
Brihanna Floyd explains her mission patch design.

A team of students from Mrs. Barbara Wright's 5th grade class is sending an experiment to the International Space Station!   

While conducting research, the students discovered that astronauts often experience stomach problems in space.  They wondered if probiotics, which help stomach upset on Earth, would work equally well in space. But first they had to find out if probiotics would thrive and reproduce in a microgravity environment.  So they are sending an experiment to space to find out!  

Meanwhile, in Mrs. Ciccarelli's class, Brihanna Floyd designed a mission patch that will fly to the international space station along with the experiment from Mrs. Wright's class. When the experiment and patch return to Earth, the patch will be certified with an official seal so that the district will always have a record of our student experiment to space!

The experiment is expected to launch on July 21, and the students and their families will be gathering here at District office to watch the launch together. We'll keep you posted on these exciting developments! 

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.