Knox County students' experiment will be sent to space

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A microgravity experiment designed by a team of students in the Knox County Schools will be flown on the International Space Station this fall.

The school district says the team is made up of students from L&N STEM Academy, whose experiment is “Waste in Space: Exploring the Effect of Microgravity on the Rate of Decomposition of Corn Starch by Rid-X.”

The team’s proposal was chosen last month from three finalists from the Knox County Schools.

In space, astronauts will perform the necessary protocols for the student research mission.

The other Knox County Schools teams named as finalists included:
• Hardin Valley Academy: The Effect of Microgravity on Bacteria Growth on Alfalfa Sprouts
• Bearden Middle School: The Effect of Microgravity on Fruit
In all, 115 students from six schools participated.

The Knox County Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Instructional Program sponsors this school system-wide initiative to involve students in authentic science and offer them the chance to be part of the U.S. Space Program. The initiative is supported by a grant from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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