Lime Kiln student experiment to fly on Space Station

A science experiment — titled The Effect of Microgravity on Chryseobacterium Aquaticum Growth — designed by eighth-grade students at Lime Kiln Middle School in Fulton has been selected to fly on the International Space Station.

The project is one of 17 experiments selected from 1,466 proposals nationwide. The experiment will be conducted by astronauts during a six-week period this spring.

Gregory Nelson and Josh Choi were principal investigators for the project design, and Sophia Novacic and Ryan Olson served as co-investigators. Science teachers Ella Jordan and Lauren Landerman supervised the students.

Projects from Wilde Lake and Hammond middle schools were also submitted to the competition, part of the national Student Space Flight Experiments Program from the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC.

The Wilde Lake and Hammond projects were honorable mention finalists in the competition. The Wilde Lake project, Copeod Growth in Microgravity, was designed by eighth-graders Cyrus Jenkins and Calvin Kuang. The Hammond project, Zinc-Insulin Crystals in Microgravity, was designed by eighth-graders Victoria Airapetian, Alicia Borges and Alex Sadzewicz.

According to a release from the school system, middle-school students began learning about forces and motion in their science classes in mid-September, and broke into teams to create research proposals for microgravity experiments. In November, educators and science and engineering professionals selected one proposal from each school to submit to a national committee, which made the final selections for space flight.

According to the system’s release, participation in the competition was made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Maryland Space Grant Consortium.



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