EPS patches

Enid Public Schools is holding a patch design contest to commemorate a Longfellow Middle School student-led experiment selected to be conducted by astronauts on board the International Space Station. Vote at https://tinyurl.com/EPSpatchpoll

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools is holding a patch design contest to commemorate a Longfellow Middle School student-led experiment selected to be conducted by astronauts on board the International Space Station.

The artwork voted best in two categories — grades K-5 and 6-12 — will represent EPS on the ISS while the microgravity experiment, designed by Jesseca Patnode's sixth-hour class at Longfellow, is carried out.

Six top designs for the patches out of 300 were chosen by EPS administrators, and the public is invited to vote for their favorite in each of the two categories at https://tinyurl.com/EPSpatchpoll. The deadline to vote is Sunday.

Winning designs will be sent up to the ISS along with the instructions and materials needed to carry out the student-created microgravity experiment.

While paper versions are what's going up to the station, actual embroidered patches are going to be manufactured and given to Patnode's sixth-hour class.

Patches also will be made available to the Enid community, EPS students and staff, according to the district.

Patnode's students designed the experiment, part of a competition by National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, challenging middle and high school students in communities worldwide to put together experiments to be conducted outside of the earth's atmosphere aboard the International Space Station.

The class is seeking to answer the question, "How is seed germination effected by microgravity?" Or, more specifically, on pinto beans.

Room on the International Space Station will be set aside to house the experiment, which will be launched in June. Astronauts on the ISS will carry out the class' design and data collected will be shared with the students.

"Next year, when they come back as seventh-graders, they can measure and monitor and see if microgravity had any effect at all on the pinto beans," Patnode said.

The experiment and patch design contests are part of a competition called the Student Spaceflights Experiments Program.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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