Luther College Croydon - Luther's First Space Mission

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Luther's First Space Mission

Space captures the attention of people of all ages, and at Luther, our students are preparing for their first space mission as part of the Cuberider Space Program.

During the first half of the year, a group of enthusiastic students have been exploring the Cuberider program. Transforming everyday science into mission control, the program enables students to use their core science and mathematics knowledge as well as workforce-critical problem solving skills. The technology is based on a compact programming board with 10 sensors that records data, such as temperature, UV radiation and magnetic fields, for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). Students design and code experiments which are then tested in space with the help of NASA astronauts on the ISS.

The students’ aim was to reimagine the data they collect so that they can process it in a visual and aural format. To do this, they have spent many hours developing and refining their codes to prepare experiments to send to the ISS, which will allow them a new way of looking at space and how we interact with it. The programming board was delivered to the ISS by space shuttle which departed Japan in August. The students receive data from the ISS every few days and are eagerly analysing their results and seeing how their hypotheses add up.

“The most rewarding part of this project has been the way the students have collaborated and worked with determination to achieve their common goal. They are from across all the year levels and with a wide variety of skill sets, yet they have come together, prioritised what it is they want as a group and set about achieving it. Their fascination with space unites them and the chance to grab this opportunity has motivated them greatly. They’ve had a ball as well! ” says Lance Johns, Science Coordinator (Years 7 – 10).

We look forward to seeing and hearing the results!

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