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Local High School Wants to Send Experiment into Space
By Mark Fowser

Updated Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 3:16am

Caesar Rodney High School hopes to take part in a space experiment and become the first high school in Delaware to launch a student-designed science experiment to the International Space Station.

The school's science department has submitted a proposal to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

Although the school's proposal, "The Breakdown of Hydrogen Peroxide in Microgravity," was a winner, it still requires thousands of dollars in local community funding to put the experiment on board Mission 7 to the International Space Station in the spring.

Caesar Rodney High School has set up a fundraising link on social media, and you can find the link at Delaware1059.com: click here

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More details are provided below by the Caesar Rodney School District:

(Wyoming, DE.) The Caesar Rodney High School (CRHS) Science Department is hoping to send a science experiment into space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and is looking to the community to help fund this project.

However, flying to space is not cheap; $30,000 in local community funding is needed for this project. The community funds would provide CRHS with a mini-laboratory on the ISS to support its winning experiment, all required NASA launch services, and the capability to return the capsule safely to Earth for data harvesting and analysis with future CR students.

In August of 2014, the department submitted a proposal to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) to be the first high school in Delaware to send a student designed science experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). The SSEP project allows students the opportunity to engage in “real world science” by designing an experiment proposal that meets NASA’s safety and research procedure protocols to be a viable experiment on the International Space Station.

According to SSEP protocol, a school conducts a local “Flight Experiment Design Competition” with numerous student teams who compete against each other to fly an experiment in low Earth orbit in a real research mini-laboratory. The competition is conducted through formal submission of real research proposals by school student teams, just like professional researchers. Students can design experiments in diverse fields, including: seed germination, crystal growth, physiology and life cycles of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria), cell biology and growth, food studies, and studies of micro-aquatic life.

More than 1,000 students at CRHS were involved with the experiment design, proposal, and lesson study to make this dream a reality. CRHS’s winning proposal was “The Breakdown of Hydrogen Peroxide in Microgravity.” If funding is successful the CRHS experiment will be aboard Mission 7 to the International Space Station in spring, 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida.

Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald stated, “Our students and their science teachers have done an amazing job with this project. It would be wonderful if our local businesses and members of our community could support their efforts to ‘Go to Space’ by helping to defer the cost by making donations.”

“Participating in SSEP will ultimately provide CR students with our own, very real space program,” said CRHS principal Dr. Sherry Kijowski. “It is our hope to raise the funds to send the payload experiment to space and send our winning students to Cape Canaveral Air Force Base to witness the launch firsthand.”

According to SSEP, the program provides seamless integration across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines through an authentic, high visibility research experience—an approach that embraces the Next Generation Science Standards. SSEP immerses hundreds of students at the local level in the research experience. Students are truly given the ability to be real scientists and engineers.

CRHS assistant principal Daniel Lopez agreed. “Aside from the recognizable goal of putting actual student work in space, we are using this program to expose students to real science. From the process of design, working in teams, refinement of work and analysis of data, this STEM project will embody how science takes place outside of the classroom and will expose our students to a variety of STEM careers.”

The Student Space Flight Experiments Program (1) is undertaken by the Nation Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE;



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