Adia was paired with Carie Lemack from DreamUp, an organization which aims “to empower and engage learners and provide them with the opportunities they need to realize their potential to lead the human race on Earth, in space and beyond.” Carie was impressed with Adia’s idea.
“Adia’s desire to not only research a fascinating science question, but also to improve health care for all space travelers was a compelling aspect to her experiment submission,” said Carie.
DreamUp along with their partner NanoRacks will work closely with Adia to prepare her experiment to be conducted on the ISS.
Glass beads, broccoli, severed worms, baby teeth and a whole lot of human spit are flying in space as part of student-designed experiments.
On June 29, students watched as the experiments they designed and built soared into the predawn Florida sky on their way to the International Space Station. The experiments launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship on the CRS-15 cargo delivery mission for NASA, and the Dragon arrived at the space station this week.
The students were led by DreamUp, an organization that aims “to bring space into the classroom and the classroom into space,” according to its website. The project involved students from four continents for this launch, as it aims to be inclusive, Carie Lemack, co-founder and CEO of DreamUp, told Space.com.
DreamUp uses the wonder of spaceflight to ignite young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through competitions, flight opportunities, and curricular support materials, the company empowers educators and students to use space to enhance education. However, DreamUp’s mission extends beyond the classroom.
“Ultimately, we look at our organization as focusing on workforce development,” said Lemack. Participating in authentic space-based research helps inspire students to become scientists, engineers, and innovators who will thrive in the globalized, technology-driven 21st century.
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