As many know, the NASA Wallops Flight Facility has a rocket program that conducts various launches during the year. On June 25th, the sounding rocket scheduled to take launch holds a special project for a local school.
Linda Wright’s Chincoteague Middle School 2014-2015 6th grade class were selected from hundreds of entries into the Cubes In Space Educational program. 80 projects in all were selected to be part of the June 25th launch. And 5 of the 80 projects were highlights at the NASA Visitor Center on June 24th during a live internet stream and NASA TV recording. The Chincoteague student’s project was one of the 5 highlighted.
Representing Mrs. Wright’s class were Emma Faith, Johnny Rosanova, and Ayden Leonard. The three explained the project…which went something like this…
The class wanted to see how traveling into space would effect the tasty snack. The young scientists tested several types of chips to find the most appropriate chip to experiment with. The class chose the Frito Scoops Corn Chip. The class then did several experiments on the texture, strength, and consistency of the chip. The chip was then placed in a standard cube and was loaded into the rocket. Once the cube returns from space…the class can compare the chip that returns with the chip that left and present their results to the public.
Over the recent years of increased launches at the Wallops Flight Facility, and the many hundreds of student projects to take launch…the June 25th launch marks the first time a local Accomack County School has been invited onto a rocket. The local community, school, and of course the students are very excited.
NASA staff said the live stream with the 5 presentations would be posted later in the day on the 24th. For that information as well as how to see the rocket launch live…try this link: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home
Click here for more information on the Cubes In Space program.