Mar 2011: NASA Student Symposium

Rushali Manhas and Amrit Sandhu have been doing more than just homework. These two EHMS students spent eight weeks working on a way to clean dirty water. For eight weeks they came in before school, after school, and lunch time to work on their experiment. They spent countless hours researching and writing and making presentations in front of EHMS students, teachers, and administrators. Finally, on February 24, they presented their findings to a panel of NASA specialists. Then the waiting began. It wasn't until March 8 that they got the bad news: they were going to have to do their presentation again. Only this time, they would do it as part of an all-expenses paid trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida!

NASA's Student Symposium is a National program which encourages young scientists to do research and experiment. The Virtual Symposia are conducted by NASA centers via NASA's Digital Learning Network. Students are selected competitively to represent their school at the National Symposium. In 2009, EHMS students Kelly Banh and Meilin Xiang set the standard and earned a trip to Houston's Johnson Space Center with an experiment on growing crystals. Last year, Dennis Kuma and Andre Viloria earned a trip to the Kennedy Space Center with their research on rockets.

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Rushali uses a probe to measure the pH of their solution. Amrit prepares to measure the turbidity of their solution

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