New City, NY (June 4, 2014)– Rockland County Legislator John Murphy presented three 5th grade Cottage Lane Elementary School students with Certificates of Achievement in recognition of a science experiment they designed that will be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) and tested onboard the space station by an astronaut.
Their experiment, to test the growth of lettuce seeds in microgravity, was submitted to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, a national competition for grades 5 through 12 and is one of 15 experiments selected for the flight. The students had to use critical thinking and problem solving skills to research and understand microgravity, the weightless environment of outer space, and the environment of the Space Station.
A Cottage Lane fourth grade student and ninth grader from Tappan Zee High School were presented Certificates of Achievement for winning a secondary competition for the design of two mission patches that will fly with the experiment to the space station.
The experiment is due to be flown to the ISS later this month and the students will travel to Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia to witness the launch of the spacecraft that will carry the project to the ISS. The students will be able to follow the progress of the experimentation through reports posted by the astronaut conducting the experiment. The project will be returned to the students for analysis. The mission patches and supporting flight documentation will be returned to the district for display.
“I am very impressed with their experiment and the critical understanding that went into designing the project,” said Legislator Murphy. “It is a great reflection on the school district, the faculty and the parents.”