Garden City Middle School is going to space again!  

atrium of museum with aircraft hanging from ceiling

Garden City Middle School students gathered in the atrium of the Cradle of Aviation Museum to hear who the next participants in the Student Spaceflight Experiments team would be.
Photo courtesy of Garden City Public Schools

On Dec. 19, several seventh grade classes from Garden City Middle School visited the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. While students spent the morning learning about air and space, the field trip culminated in the announcement of the next Student Spaceflight Experiments Program winners.

Last year, as part of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), an experiment done by four Garden City Middle School students was chosen and is currently being executed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. 

While that experiment is still ongoing with the students actively monitoring their control, the 2022-2023 winners, Tejas Bera, Fallon Grant, Ryan Schmidt, and Sarah Ullrich were announced. Their experiment, “Effects of Microgravity on Dill Seed Germination,” will be sent to space in the summer of 2023.

After exploring the Cradle of Aviation Museum, several seventh grade classes gathered in the museum’s atrium to hear the winning team announcement. They all showed their Garden City pride, wearing t-shirts designed by Riya Matwani. As part of the program, students were asked to create a T-shirt design, celebrating Garden City’s participation in this collaborative space project and Riya’s design received the most votes.

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Student Spaceflight Experiments team. The district is so proud of their hard work and cannot wait to see another student experiment launch into space.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with Nanoracks LLC, which is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

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