WNY STEM HUB - Take Flight Space Program

WNY STEM HUB - Take Flight Space Program Image




PS #198 International Preparatory School wins regional competition!

For the second year in a row, students from PS #198 International Preparatory School, under the leadership of teacher Andrew Franz, have won the regional competition. BPS Students were regional winners in 3 of the 4 WNY competitions.

The students’ research for Mission 14 is: The Effects of Microgravity on The Mating Habits of Hypsibius Dujardini. The students will travel to Cape Canaveral for the launch of their experiment during the spring/summer of 2020, engage with researchers from D’Youville College and The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia during post-flight testing of specimens returned to Earth and share their findings during a national convening at the Smithsonian.

WNY STEM Hub coordinated the project with more than 300 students from 6 local schools in grades 5-12 to design and test authentic experiments investigating diverse topics like seed germination, crystal growth, food studies, cell biology, and physiology and life cycles of micro-organisms.This is the fourth mission to the International Space Station that WNY STEM Hub has offered in collaboration with the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, designed and operated by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). 

Local participation is made possible by significant grants from Praxair/Linde and First Niagara Foundation. Broad supplemental support comes from: Moog, Olin, Otis Eastern, Siemens, Trautman Associates, Hoot Mechanical & Electrical, Integer and InfoTech WNY.