Move over, Elon Musk. The scientists of tomorrow are in Burleson ISD classrooms now and soon will find out if their big ideas could take flight on a rocket into space. Students’ experiments could help lead to discoveries aboard the International Space Station on how microgravity affects the human body, causes chemical reactions and more.
BISD students have for the last eight years had a design selected for testing by astronauts launched to the ISS. The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program space challenge requires professional research and engineering processes with student teams across BISD submitting research proposals, testing their designs, and submitting formal proposals of final designs to review committees.
Students will showcase their microgravity experiments for judges, including professional engineers, college professors, and other scientists who will choose the top three projects to advance to the SSEP National Step 2 Review Board for possible selection for the SSEP Mission 16 to the ISS.
“The ingenuity of students in this space challenge could help solve problems in ways we never thought possible. We get to see the beginnings of these promising discoveries from up-and-coming scientists in our own community,” Superintendent Bret Jimerson said.
Space night is from 6-8 p.m. today at Burleson High School, 100 Elk Drive in Burleson.
Nearly 1,000 Burleson ISD students are participating in the SSEP program, which also commissions elementary and secondary students to design mission patches to accompany BISD’s experiment to the ISS.