FRANKLIN (Somerset) – Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School (TEECS) hosted the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s (SSEP) Mission 7 Odyssey on Wednesday night at the Garden State Exhibition Center.
SSEP offers a unique opportunity for students to design innovative experiments that will be executed during spaceflight by NASA astronauts. As one of two schools in New Jersey participating in the program, Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School will be actively engaged with the SSEP program throughout the school year.
Working in small groups, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students enthusiastically embraced participation in the program and developed 42 distinct experiment proposals. Students and guests also heard from an exciting guest speaker, former astronaut Dr. Gregory Thomas Linteris.
The program concluded with an awards ceremony and the selection of the best three proposals to send to SSEP. The three winning projects were: Advanced Food Preservation in Microgravity (Trisha Senthilkumar, Naimisha Vidavalapati and Anushri Prasad); The Effectiveness of Turmeric Against Bacteria in Microgravity (Jiya Patel, Raina Desai and Panav Gala); Evaporation Investigation (Natalia Arevalo, Kareena Kapadia and Meghan Gajula).
SSEP will choose one experiment from each school participating to bring aboard and execute in space on the International Space Station (ISS) in the spring.
“Our students spent months of hard work preparing for last night’s event. We’re so proud of all of our participating students, who are excited to work together on the experiment chosen for the International Space Station,” said Oguz Yildiz, lead person at Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School.
Thomas Edison Energy Smart Charter School (TEECS) provides students living in Franklin, North Brunswick and South Brunswick a unique K-8 learning opportunity. TEECS offers a safe, secure, structured and stimulating educational environment to develop students’ academic, technical, personal and critical thinking skills necessary to meet the standards that will enable them to succeed in a global economy, predicated on knowledge and innovation.
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