Burnett County Sentinel: A team of four middle school students from around Wisconsin will see their hard work soar when their experiment goes to the International Space Station (ISS) in June. The students, of the iForward School, are the first K-12 students from Wisconsin and members of the only online school ever to be selected to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP).
Once there, the team’s experiment will be conducted by astronauts at the ISS while they concurrently run a control experiment on the ground. The experiment is designed to determine the role micro-gravity has on the metal gallium’s structural properties when subjected to heat.
For the students and staff of the school, headquartered in Grantsburg, this marks the culmination of nearly a year of application and preparation. On March 12, the iForward team learned that their experiment was among those selected for the SSEP Mission 12.
Four students will present their experiment at the National Air and Space Museum(NASM) in Washington, DC in late June. These students represent communities across the state of Wisconsin.
Eighth-grader Dominic Parker of Sobieski said of the project, “The experience I had so far doing SSEP has been really cool. It is the coolest science experiments I’ve ever done. I like working with all the other kids, and I had a lot of fun with my group.”