SSEP Reflect

Define: We need to make up a experiment that we can test in micro-gravity and possibly help in the future

Microgravity is a state where there is very little gravity so it when people are up there they seem to float.

Our group wanted to come up with an experiment that was original and standing out to other groups.

Some of our brain storm ideas


Dream: When thinking about our ideas, there was lots to come up but we thought about it more then in was impossible for the restrictions for the SSEP no flight list.  Some ideas are seeing if eggs would hatch in space the same way they hatch on earth. We turned that down because we had to fit whatever item we would have into a small tube. Another idea was to have a caterpillar in space, We would send a cocoon in the tube.

Discover: One of our ideas was to see if an iron galvanized nail corrode the same way in space. It would work with a small nail and a small amount of sulfuric acid. So we started to look into this idea more. Finally we decide this was the right choice. It took me all so sudden because the next day we were starting with the experiment.img_15681


Design & Deliver: We started our experiment which was very exciting and to just think about the chance that our idea could be put up it space. Along the way of the experiment we took pictures almost everyday we could to see what was happening to the nail. In the first couple of days it was obvious that corrosion was happening because little specks of the nail were floating in the acid. After a week we saw a weird blue gel forming inside the beaker and around the nail. We later found out it was from the zinc and copper that galvanized the nail came off. img_16151


Debrief: At the end I was sad because I wanted to keep working on this project. It was a self directed project and we got to choose an experiment that we wanted to do and see if we could get our idea in space. The experiment was a fun thing to do and a great introduction to science 9 and high school.

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