What is the NASA Student Symposium?

In February, students from across the country will be competing in NASA's Virtual Student Symposium (VSS) to win a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Two teams of Edward Harris students are hard at work, researching and experimenting in hopes of earning this honor.

Students are required to complete a research investigation focused on NASA missions or research interests, including science, aerospace, reduced gravity, robotics, plant growth in space, or living and working in space. Virtual Symposia will be held in February at all 10 NASA centers using NASA's Digital Learning Network, a videoconferencing technology that connects students with astronauts, scientists and engineers at NASA centers. During the VSS, students will present their research projects to a panel of NASA experts. Students will be selected competitively to represent their school at the national symposium based upon the results of the regional symposia. The 2010 EHMS teams are exploring rocketry and plant growth.

Last year, a team of EHMS students were chosen to attend the Symposium at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tx to present their work on growing crystals. Click here for a link to a NASA article. Click here to see an article from the Elk Grove Citizen. Click here for a video about the Symposium trip.

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