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Las Vegas student experiments could go to space

Posted at 8:28 AM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 13:08:26-04
Three student experiments from the Clark County School District have the opportunity to travel to the International Space Station (ISS).
The experiments were selected during the Desert Research Institute's "May the Science Be With You" event at the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival. Senator Harry Reid and ISS Director Sam Scimemi were present to congratulate the student finalists.
The projects will be forwarded to a national review panel, which will select one experiment to travel to the ISS later this year.
Out of 33 submissions, the following proposals took top honors:
Kathy L. Batterman Elementary School 
Proposal Title: Pleurotus Ostreatus Mycelium Growth in Microgravity
Submitting Teacher Facilitator: Debbie Smith
Student Investigators: Charlie Buo, Kaiden Hernandez, Tyler Hockersmith, Levi Landers
John C. Vanderburg Elementary School 
Proposal Title: Soybean Germination in Microgravity
Submitting Teacher Facilitator: William Gilluly
Student Investigators: Shani Abeyakoon, Kendall Allgower, Avery Sanford
William V. Wright Elementary School
Proposal Title: Can Mycorrhizae Grow in Microgravity?
Teacher Facilitator: Carron Haggerty
Student Investigators: Bisrat Hilete, Sabrina Reyes, Athena Wu 
Students at participating schools were also invited to enter a mission patch design competition. Two from the Clark County School District were selected out of 3,500 designs. The patches, designed by Ella Morris and Julia Tregnan from King Elementary School, will also fly to the ISS along with the selected experiment.