For the second year in a row, the Science Club has had their designs accepted by NASA for the CELERE Challenge. This is a joint educational program of NASA and Portland State University which allows students to participate in microgravity research. It is a program that tests the effect of capillary action in microgravity such as experienced on the space station. In this challenge, our students made four designs to test how silicon oil moves across the designs as they are dropped from the Drop Tower. Each experiment is created by using CAD (computer-aided design). A Test cell will be made by Portland State; the design will be laser cut, placed in a plastic box with silicon oil and dropped from the Drop Tower. A camera will record the oil as it flows through the channels. NASA will send photos and a video of the drop.
This challenge enables our students to learn about computer technology and participate in research related to space station science, both of which can inspire the pursuit of STEM careers.
DIVER Challenge - The models sent by the Science Club were received by NASA and we will be notified as soon as testing begins.