Recently professors from Columbus State University (CSU) visited Mr. Edward Tymes, Seimens Master Teacher Science – PESS Instructor, class to discuss their partnership with the Pre-Engineering Space Science Class (PESS). The professors participating include Wade Holley Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Polymer Chemistry, and Floyd Jackson Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Chemistry.
The CSU chemistry department will be assisting and mentoring CCS PESS students in a partnership as they complete their Custom experiment with Quest for Space. The Custom experiment is designed and completed by Calvary students in the Pre-Engineering and Space Science class (PESS). Students are challenged to design, construct and evaluate an experiment that will orbit Earth in microgravity aboard the International Space Station. The launch of the experiment will be scheduled in the spring of 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The title of the Calvary Christian School Experiment for 2018-2019 school term is “The Effect of Microgravity on the Crystallinity of Polycaprolactone Annealed from the Melt.” Calvary PESS students will study the crystallization process of polymers under the force of gravity compared to microgravity aboard the ISS. A major objective of the study is to investigate methods of producing polymers that have biodegradable properties.
The Calvary PESS class is a unique partnership that provides an opportunity for students to conduct research with CSU professors along with engineers from the local Pratt-Whitney plant. Calvary Christian School is a partner with the Quest Institute for Quality Education located in San Jose, California.