By KAROLYN GEPHART
Friendswood Junior High is getting students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through space based education.
Recently, 15 sixth grade students from FJH participated live in a sugar crystal growth experiment on Earth while they watched astronauts on the International Space Station perform the same experiment.
They witnessed the on-orbit operations of the Crystal Growth experiment on the ISS and gained access to lab kits that allowed them to do the experiments simultaneously.
A sister company of NASA, NanoRacks, provided the opportunity for students to watch operations live from NanoRacks’ BRIDGE Operations Center.
Astronaut Scott Tingle knew the students were watching and addressed them directly.
“We’re so excited to bring this space-based learning opportunity for students and to excite them about what’s happening just beyond Earth’s atmosphere,” NanoRacks representative Lauren Milford said.
The opportunity is part of DreamUp, an idea to realize an educational community where space based research and space based projects are available to all students from primary to post-doctorate, to the ISS and beyond.