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SPACE RACE: Mark Armstrong, Ellie Maguire, Amy Reynolds, Malcom Voerman and Lydia Sinclair ready to monitor their experiment.

SPACE RACE: Mark Armstrong, Ellie Maguire, Amy Reynolds, Malcom Voerman and Lydia Sinclair ready to monitor their experiment.

THERE will be tired eyes on Monday morning for some students at Oberon High as they will be watching their STEM Project get launched into space aboard a Space X rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS).

Malcom Voerman, Amy Reynolds, Sono Fitzpatrick, Lydia Sinclair, Ellie Maguire and Jake Perry are part of the Cuberider project, which provides an opportunity for them to learn about spaceflight and conditions on the ISS. The early Monday morning launch is the next exciting phase in an amazing project which they have been working on for the last three months.

During the project, students learnt what life was like aboard the ISS, how it orbits the earth and, most importantly for the success of their experiment, how to code. Students will test their theories by collecting data from an experiment they designed.

Their experiment uses a mini computer coupled with a circuit board with a variety of sensors taking readings such as acceleration, gyroscopic force, magnetic force, different light levels, temperature, barometric pressure and time.

Students get to observe their experiment in real time and they have programmed the hardware to automatically collect data which will be analysed to see if there are any major effects on the ISS from the earth’s magnetic field.

The launch is scheduled to take place at around 2.30am on Monday and can be viewed online on the Cuberider website, www.cuberider.com.

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