Vanderburg Elementary School fifth-grade students & others.

21 Jun CCSD student experiment will travel to International Space Station

A team of Vanderburg Elementary School fifth-grade students and their teacher was recently announced as one of 11 national winners of the national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), in which schools across the nation competed for the chance to have their experiment conducted on the International Space Station (ISS). Clark County’s winning proposal, “Soybean Germination in Microgravity,” was submitted by Vanderburg Elementary School teacher facilitator William Gilluly and student investigators Shani Abeyakoon, Kendall Allgower and Avery Sanford. With the idea that soybeans could be used as a vitamin and nutrient-dense food source for astronauts, the experiment – which will undergo official NASA Toxicology Flight Safety Review beginning in Sept. 2016 – is designed to test the effects of microgravity on soybean germination and root structure. Results will help the student scientists evaluate the effects of microgravity on germination of seeds that one day might be useful as a source of food for long-term space travel. For more information, click here.