This Monday, Sam Sawyer ’16, currently a first-year student at the University of Colorado, shared with Mrs. Landry's science class a presentation slideshow on a project he completed in his space engineering class. Throughout the semester, he and a group of classmates worked to plan, create, and test a satellite whose function was to perform an experiment of the group's choosing.
Sam's idea of testing whether or not air currents could carry micro-plankton into space (inspired by an article he read regarding similar findings by Russian astronauts who found sea plankton clinging to the outside of the International Space Station) led to the group's design and creation of a satellite through which air could pass and catch particles in an air filter. An LED light and sensor detecting light waves would determine whether or not plant life existed on the filter. As a result, students in Mrs. Landry's class were introduced to the process of engineering an experiment, the complications of prototypes and testing, and the complexity of what it takes to create a successful design. We always love when North Cross alums return, but even more so when they share with the rest of the class! Thanks to Sam for sharing his time and experience!
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