Students from western Nebraska are sending an agricultural science experiment on the space shuttle Atlantis next month.
Potter-Dix is one of only 11 school districts nationwide sending a student-designed experiment on the final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, which will dock with the International Space Station.
The experiment will measure the effects of microgravity on Goodstreak wheat to determine if microgravity improves the germination rate, root development and shoot growth.
Fifty-four students in grades 5-12 in the Potter-Dix district in Nebraska’s Panhandle took part in designing the experiment.
The project is being funded by a foundation and NASA grant.
Head of the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Texas A&M University Dr. David Baltensperger, and scientist Joe Larson from the Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Science consulted with students on the project.
Potter-Dix Superintendent Kevin Thomas says, “The school system’s participation in this program encourages students in all grades to learn more about opportunities enriched with science and mathematics concepts.”
Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney