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STEM EARLY COLLEGE EXPERIMENT SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED INTO SPACE

Guilford County Schools (GCS) will be logging some impressive frequent flier miles with two trips to space. On Thursday, an experiment designed by students at the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T launched into space with 22 other student experiments aboard the Orbital Sciences 1 (Orb-1) vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va. The STEM Early College experiment was selected in February 2013 as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The experiment will study the impact of microgravity on the growth of an onion seed. Gravity dictates which way plants grow, i.e. roots on the bottom, leaves on the top, so our young scientists are curious to see what happens when gravity isn't present.During the mission, the student team will conduct their own experiment in the classroom. The students say the results of their experiment could help answer the question of whether life could be maintained in a place other than Earth. The student members of the team from The STEM Early College are sophomores Todd Baldwin, Emma Mengistu, Andrew Harvey, Zoe Kelley, Gage Carlisle and Erik Feldmann.