Monday , December 6 2021

Edmonton students' experiment led to space


The five grade 9 students at David Thomas King School in Edmonton, Deeanne Vergara, left, Lauren Clement, Thea Endols-Joa, Kyra Lizotte and Lily Hu were selected as the winner of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program for their project on the effect of microgravity on sprinkling of streams.

Larry Wong / Mail

A fast growing plant that can help feed astronauts is sent to space thanks to the winning scientific experiment from five Edmonton girls from Grade 9.

The group of David Thomas King School Grade 9 students took the top prize in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) for their suggestions on the effects of microgravity on water spraying.

Lauren Clement, 13, Deeanne Vergara, 14, Thea Endols-Joa, 14, Lily Hu, 13 and Kyra Lizotte, 15, said their project took about two months to complete.

"We investigated what would be the fastest growing plant, and then we crossed the watercourse," said Lizotte. "And we talked about it, and it was high in fiber, and it was just a really good, rich facility to use."

Lizotte said the group believed that the water crevice would be perfect because it is high in fiber and calcium, which would benefit the astronaut's bone density when in the International Space Station next spring.

Since September, approximately 1300 students from grades 6 to 9 in 19 Edmonton's public schools have researched and created microgravity experiments, submitted for evaluation earlier in December.

Microgravity refers to very weak gravity, which is what astronauts experience in space.

Some 46 projects were submitted from Edmonton's public schools to a team of university professors in Alberta and Edmonton's public school members, who chose the three best to send to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NSE), the group running the SSEP program.

Student's teacher, Kelsey Wasylenki said there were about 80 students from David Thomas King School – four teams from grade 9 – and each team had to submit a written proposal including what to do, how to do it and what science says about the likely outcome .

"I got them to look at previous experiments to say," Here's what other groups have done, "Wasylenki said." And so it was really my role to say, "Whatever you do, it needs to have an impact on science as a whole. Whatever you do, send something to the International Space Station. This must show us something or learn something or help us learn something about what you're looking at. & # 39;

The experiment is set to space next spring and Wasylenki, the students and their parents are over the moon to watch it together.

"It's just amazing to take this opportunity into account, because it was a group of girls, my age, like in Grade 9, so it's so amazing," said Lizotte.

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