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SFU helps high school experiment go to space

January 09, 2017
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Congratulations to Alexa Durand and Brenda Shen from Riverside Secondary School for their experiment, "The effect of microgravity on concrete used in building structures," which is being sent into space.

This fall, SFU faculty and students visited schools in School District 43 (Coquitlam) to help students think about their proposals for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The program encourages students to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, first aboard the final flights of the Space Shuttle, and then on the International Space Station.

  • 277 team proposals from more than 1,600 grades 5-12 students at several School District 43 schools were initially reviewed.
  • 30 proposals were shortlisted and further reviewed by a panel of experts with science, technology and proposal writing backgrounds from SD43, SFU, Finger Food Studios, Urthecast, and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates.

SFU will continue to support Durand and Shen as they analyze their results once their experiment comes back from the International Space Station.