Northwest Nazarene University’s team of engineering students, nicknamed Team Super-Hydro, visited Nampa schools this week during NNU’s spring break. The team presented their experiment to seven school groups of elementary and high school students in Nampa.
NNU junior chemistry major and team member Dorothy Ackerman (Great Falls, Mont.) said, “I had so much fun sharing our project with Nampa school students this week. It was a great opportunity for them to see how cool and how fun science can be.”
“I had so much fun sharing our project with Nampa school students this week. It was a great opportunity for them to see how cool and how fun science can be.”
In addition to sharing their experiment, Team Super-Hydro also worked with the students to come up with potential experiments the team can conduct while weightless in 0 g. Students suggested attempting to jump rope, to blow a bubble and to have a Nerf gun war—all while in space. The team will conduct several of the best suggestions and report back on their findings to schools when they return.
Team Super-Hydro is preparing to fly with NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities and Systems Engineering Educational Discovery (SEED) programs for a second year. They will join other selected teams April 19-29 to test and evaluate their experiments aboard a NASA aircraft modified to simulate a reduced-gravity environment. The aircraft will fly approximately 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips during experiment flights to produce periods of weightlessness and hyper-gravity ranging from 0 g to 2 g.
Team Super-Hydro’s experiment continues research started last year on a new, super-hydrophobic (water repellent) material. This year’s experiment focuses on its application in water-purification systems aboard space craft. The team will work to separate the water vapor from liquid water in a passive, phase-separation system.
More information on Team Super-Hydro and videos from last year’s experiment can be found online here.