21st CCLC Cornell Cooperative Goes to Space!

Amazing things happening at Cornell Cooperative’s 4-H program! 

In Fall of 2018, Jefferson County 4-H began participation in the Student Spaceflights Experiments Program, an initiative organized by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). A competition was implemented where over 50 student teams designed experiments that could theoretically be run on the International Space Station, with the outcome being that one experiment would be selected for full implementation.In January, NCESSE announced the Round 2 finalist team. A group comprised of 6th grade 4-H participants from H.T. Wiley Intermediate School was selected to implement their experiment on the International Space Station, to be launched in the summer of 2019. The team’s experiment investigates the removal of rust in a microgravity environment.

The Experiment – Comparison of Rust Removal in Space vs. on Earth

The students proposed a very simple experiment. Step One involved putting a set of carbon steel rods through a rusting process in a saltwater solution, prior to placing them in a test tube bound for the ISS. Step two involved enclosing the rusted carbon steel rod in a test tube and enclosing a vinegar/water mixture into separate compartments of the test tube. Upon arrival on the International Space Station (ISS), the volume containing the vinegar solution will be released into the volume containing the carbon steel rod, allowing the process of rust removal to begin. In order to facilitate the experiment, instructions were provided for the astronauts attending to the experiments in the research wing of the ISS.

Check out the full article here and the video below!