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COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, APRIL 6, 2018–Calvary Christian School’s Pre-Engineering and Space Science (PESS) class traveled to NASA to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to present their experiments and watch the launch of the SpaceX CRS-14 to the International Space Station on Monday, April 2, 2018. As part of the partnership PESS has with NASA and the Quest Institute, students from the PESS class were invited to present their experiments and watch the launch from Banana Creek (a VIP section reserved for special guests and astronauts’ families).
The experiments were presented by PESS students, James Brewster, Beau Kirkland, Guy Worley, and Ben Whitted, at NASA. The entire class of six, James Brewster, Galen Jones, Beau Kirkland, Ben Whitted, Guy Worley, and Tristin Wynn, worked on the conduction and natural convection experiments that were conducted under Earth conditions of gravity while astronauts at the International Space Station conduct the same experiments in space at the same time.
The observation of the launch of the SpaceX CRS-14 mission was the culmination of several months of intense study and work for students in our PESS class at Calvary Christian School. Our students have successfully completed several heat transfer experiments and performed analysis of the data from the experiments on the ground level of Earth. We are excited to have the opportunity to compare our findings with experimental data that we will receive from NASA when the experiments are run aboard the ISS. The comparison of the data from the ground level with the microgravity conditions aboard the ISS will provide a unique learning experience as we complete the academic year. ‘THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT.’ – Mr. Edward Tymes, Ed.S (Siemens Master Teacher-Science), CCS Pre-engineering and Space Science Teacher
About Pre-Engineering and Space Science: This class is uniquely designed with the incorporation of pre-engineering studies and the partnership with CCS, NASA, and the Quest Institute of Valley Christian School in San Jose, California. This partnership will ultimately give CCS students the opportunity to create and send into orbit on the International Space Station an experiment they have created in the classroom at CCS. Calvary Christian School is the only school in the Southeast partnering with Quest for Space Institute. PESS is unique to Calvary; no other school in our community offers this cutting-edge, hands-on connection with the International Space Station.
Pre-Engineering and Space Science (PESS) Course Description: Calvary’s pre-engineering and space science class is a rigorous college preparatory course that actively engages students in laboratory based experiments and student led research. This course is sanctioned by the Quest for Space Institute in San Jose, California. Students will study heat transfer systems and the fundamental physics of space exploration (astronomy). Calvary Christian School is a K3-12th grade school and offers the following: biblical instruction; challenging, academics; AP and Honor classes; dual enrollment; fine arts; a full athletic program; extra-curricular activities; weekly chapel; and before and after school care. CCS has a full-time onsite school nurse. Our family environment includes faculty with a love for Christ and teaching.
Since 1975, Calvary Christian School has been Teaching the Whole Child, the Whole Truth. An ACSI and AdvancED/SACS accredited K3-12th grade school, CCS’s faculty and staff are dedicated to providing real resources for spiritual, academic, social and physical growth for our students in a nurturing and supportive environment. As our school facilities grow, we continue to offer unparalleled opportunities. For more information about Calvary Christian School, visit CalvaryKnights.com, call 706.323.0467 or visit during Open House held each Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Watch the launch of SpaceX CRS-14 – Click Here.