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Space Night showcases sky-high education, fun

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    Students Isabella Chapa and Kierstin Brown present their project on the effects of microgravity on fluoride fluoride in micro-gravity to Bandera Middle School Principal Patrick Sizemore. Their project was presented during Space Night, an event in which st

There was no deafening roar from a giant rocket at Bandera Middle School (BMS) on Thursday night, Nov. 12, but the excitement, pride, learning, and fun was out of this world.

The Space Night event showcased space-related projects of BMS and Bandera Elementary School students who competed for a chance to fly their project on the International Space Station.

The night was presented as part of the national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).

One project from each school will be chosen to be conducted during a six-week stay on the International Space Station starting next spring. These projects will join projects from 34 other schools across the United States, Canada and Brazil.

The generosity the Hill Country Foundation, Warriors Heart, Heart 2, the Guajardo family, Winters Electric, HEB, the Louis Moreno family, Subaru, the BMS PTO, the Bandera Education Foundation and the Bobby LaLanne Family allowed the campus to raise the $25,000 dollars necessary to participate in SSEP.

In mid-September, BMS students began learning about forces and motion in science classes. They then broke into teams to design research proposals for microgravity experiments.

In their project, Lane Timmons, Jocelyn Klein, Caleb Hoho, Jayla Blake and Ally Klein sought to determine what happens when bacillus subtilis, a bacterium found in soil and the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants and humans, is exposed to microgravity.

Elsewhere at Space Night, Isabella Chapa and Kierstin Brown presented their project on what happens to fluoride in micro-gravity to BMS Principal Patrick Sizemore.

Throughout the night, Bandera superintendent Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth moved through the forest of projects in the BMS cafeteria, encouraging and congratulating students on their work.

Outside, the Medina Astronomy Club offered their telescopes to let students and others see stars and planets during the night’s event.

For more information on SSEP, visit http:// ssep.ncesse.org/