NASA to perform experiments from Kearney students
Members of the Science Club at Bishop Kearney High School recently received exciting news from NASA. The students, who had submitted designs for five micro-gravity experiments they thought NASA should conduct, learned that the nation’s space agency has agreed to do all five.
The Science Club submitted the designs for the CELERE program, a joint project by NASA and Portland State University in which students across the country in grades eight to 12 are asked to provide ideas for experiments on Earth that are similar to tests that would be done on the International Space Station.
Bishop Kearney High School, located at 2202 60th St. in Bensonhurst, is the only New York City school to be participating in the CELERE program this year, according to school officials.
The Kearney Science Club’s ideas included research on capillary action, the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces without the assistance of external forces like gravity. An example of capillary action is water flowing upward through a tree.
Roseann Daniello, moderator of the Science Club, said the students are excited about having a hand in a series of NASA experiments.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity for Kearney students to participate in a NASA challenge. They were required to be innovative and creative in their design and exacting in using the software to actually create their ideas and make the template. The girls were extremely excited to do an experiment with NASA and to actually see their ideas used in an actual experiment,” Daniello said in a statement.
The goal for the CELERE program in 2016 was to conduct 100 experiments based on ideas from students in each of the 50 states and U.S. territories, according to NASA’s website.
For more information on the CELERE program, visit https://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/education-outreach/celere/overview/
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