iForward Students Blast Off for an Out-of-This-World Experience!
At iForward, we take great pride in giving our online high school and middle school students unique, exciting, and challenging opportunities to learn, develop and grow.
During the 2017-18 school year, we were honored to be the first online school to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), which is a STEM education initiative that encourages students to walk a mile in the shoes of professional researchers by designing experiments that explore the effects of a micro-gravity environment.
Hundreds of iForward students worked in groups to develop hypotheses, design experiments to test those hypotheses, and write formal research proposals. After an extensive review process, 3 finalists from iForward were chosen by a panel of local educators for a final review by the SSEP National Step 2 Review Board. Finally, one of these proposals - "Grain Size and Distribution Analysis of Gallium in Microgravity"- was selected by the Board. The winners, a group of iForward students in grades 6-8, now have the distinct honor of having their experiment launched to the International Space Station on a SpaceX rocket, where it will be carried out by the astronauts who are on board.
In addition, the winning group is traveling to Washington, DC to participate in the 2018 SSEP National Conference at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum on June 28-29, where they will get to explore the museum, give a formal presentation, and talk with museum visitors about their proposal.
We will be sharing more details in the weeks to come, but for now, I hope you will join our staff in congratulating all of the iForward students who participated in this "out-of-this-world" experience. Students - we're proud of you!
Launch details: June 29th, 5:41 am, SpaceX Falcon9 CRS-15 rocket. More details can be found here.
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