Wakulla County Teachers To Take Flight At NASA

By: Riversink Elementary Email
By: Riversink Elementary Email

Press Release: Riversink Elementary School

Riversink Elementary teachers are taking their students’ experiment to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas from July 12th through July 20th. The teachers will conduct the experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft as part of NASA’s Microgravity eXperience. The aircraft flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro and hyper gravity ranging from 0 g’s to 2 g’s. This is the same aircraft that NASA uses to train astronauts and conduct microgravity research.

The Microgravity eXperience for the K-12 education community is a partnership between NASA’s Teaching from Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. The experience began with students and teachers developing and proposing a reduced gravity experiment. The team of teachers from Riversink Elementary was one of seven teams from around the nation to be selected to participate in this cycle of MicroGX.

Riversink Elementary teachers Katrina Roddenberry, Jennifer Williams, Cassandra Burnham, Molly Jones, and Melissa Martin submitted a proposal for their students’ experiment, entitled “Wakulla Waters: A Liquid Investigation,” to be tested in microgravity. The unit was designed to provide students with the opportunity to experiment with various waters from natural resources in Wakulla County and to help students foster an appreciation for science and the many natural resources around them. The experiment that will be flown aboard the aircraft explores the immiscibility of oil and water, and it includes spring water from Wakulla Springs State Park and salt water from St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

The Riversink Elementary teachers are appreciative of the support they have received from the Wakulla County School Board and their local community, and they are eager to share this experience with others. NASA has provided the opportunity to conduct a LIVE video conference with the teachers from Houston. The teachers will broadcast live from Ellington Field to Riversink Elementary on July 18, 2013 at 11:30 am EST. This is an opportunity for students and community members to connect with the teachers during the Microgravity eXperience.

If you would like to participate in the LIVE video conference, please RSVP to (850) 926-2664 or email megan.crombie@wcsb.us. The video conference will be held at Riversink Elementary School on July 18, 2013 at 11:30 am EST.


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