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Limona Elementary kids prepare to send seeds into space

By Katelyn Massarelli, Times Staff Writer
hillssuperbrief030218 Limona Elementary school students formed the Space Team. Space Team's little scientists are sending an experiment up into space to test their hypothesis.

Limona Elementaryís Space Team members have been selected by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education to have their experiment tested in space. The little Limona scientists will test the growth of wheat in space.

The team was formed in Jane Kempís, fifth grade math and science teacher at Limona Elementary, classroom. The Space Team believes the seeds will germinate in micro-gravity, but the roots will probably be in a tangle because they will be confused about which way is up and which way is down.

Each Friday, during club time, the Space Team meets to practice proper protocol as they prepare their science tubes for space.

An actual scientist mentors the students. Each week, Joniqua Howard calls in via Skype to speak with the Space Team to make sure they are following proper protocol, as well as, understand the procedures of their experiment.

Once the seeds are prepared for their journey, the students will be invited to watch as the seeds launch into space. The students will receive the experiment and they will do the analysis of the data. That data will then be shared with scientists currently working on spaceflight issues.

In the end, the students hope their data will be instrumental in how astronauts are fed during long journeys into space. The Space Team has begun their countdown to launch and their experiment will take off on June 9.

For more information on Limona Elementary, visit limona.mysdhc.org.