BISD Rasco Students’ Experiment Selected to Fly to ISS

BISD Rasco Students’ Experiment Selected to Fly to ISS
Posted on 12/20/2017
This is the image for the news article titled BISD Rasco Students’ Experiment Selected to Fly to ISSSixth grade students will test the germination of butterhead lettuce on the International Space Station

A team of Brazosport ISD students from Rasco Middle School will watch their experiment blast off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida June 2018 as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)!  

During the fall, 785 Brazosport ISD sixth grade students participated in an actual experimental design and proposal writing competition as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program. Each student group researched and wrote a proposal on what experiment they would like to test in space under microgravity with the goal of being the top proposal selected to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a real space program.

A total of 111 proposals were submitted and reviewed by BISD’s Step 1 local review board, which consisted of 30 community members and BISD educators. The top three proposals were selected and submitted to the National Center for Earth and Space and Space Science Education.

The national review board formally announced “Would Lactuca sativa var. capitata Seeds Germinate in Microgravity?” as the finalist experiment to represent BISD in SSEP Mission 12 to the International Space Station. The teacher, Jamie Morton and team members Blaine Bailes, Dominick Trostle, James Link, Rene Sanabria, and Timothy Layne Kotzur are currently working on completing NASA’s Flight Safety Review of Testing and Experiment refinement. This team will continue to work closely together preparing for the big launch. In January, BISD will conduct a Mission Patch Design Contest for students in kindergarten to 12th grade. This will allow all BISD students the opportunity to design a patch to fly along with the experiment to the International Space Station.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUP PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

Rasco Team 1
BISD Top Three Team
Pictured Left to Right: Trevor Hill, Paige Milar, Lacy Stansel and Gabriela Aguilar (Teacher Megan Land)

Rasco Team 2
SSEP Selected Finalist Team and BISD Top Three Team: Pictured Front Left to Right:Blaine Bailes, Dominick Trostle and James Link Back Left to Right: Rene Sanabria, Jamie Morton (Teacher) and Timothy Layne Kotzur

Rasco Team 3
BISD Top Three Team: Pictured Front Left to Right: Matthew Payne and Erick Casiano
Back Left to Right: Lillian Rodriguez, Emily Brown, Joshua Braun and Jamie Morton (Teacher)
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