The official Transition Year Blog of Carndonagh Community School
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
STUDENT MICROGRAVITY FLIGHT CHALLENGE
IComp – PoSSUM Student Microgravity Flight Challenge Led by Scientist-Astronaut Candidate Dr. Norah Patten
(in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada)
Irish second level students invited to create an experiment for testing in microgravity
Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) will fly a number of microgravity flights in Ottawa, Canada at the National Research Council this October and thanks to a unique partnership with The Irish Composites Centre (IComp) at the University of Limerick, Irish students will play a part on those flights.
We, IComp, are inviting 15-17 year old students to take part in an international effort to further our understanding of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and space exploration. As we move beyond Earth, past low Earth orbit, to the moon and beyond, we need to think creatively about living, working and sustaining life off our planet. This initiative runs parallel to the PoSSUM 13 International Microgravity Flight Challenge, created to celebrate the Mercury 13 and the achievements of women in space science. Students are required to team up, with either a female lead or a minimum of two females per team, and develop ideas for experiments focused on environmental issues.