HHS engineering team performs experiments with FEB students
F.E. Burleson Elementary School students got a chance to help perform experiments that will help the Hartselle High School engineering team prepare its NASA payload experiment.
HHS Engineering and chemistry teacher Kim Pittman said her team is working with NASA and the University of Alabama-Huntsville to design a payload to characterize the polar cyclones on Venus.
“The point of this activity was two-fold: to engage the community in what we as an engineering team are doing and, in a broader sense, what NASA does,” Pittman said in an email, “and to conduct experiments that would provide needed information for the design of our payload.”
The Burleson Elementary students rotated among 10 different experiment stations, each dealt with methods to try to study Venus’ polar cyclones.
Pittman said there are 13 other high schools that are also working on some kind of a payload to travel to Venus.
The final design will be presented to a team of NASA engineers/scientists on Dec 13. On that day, the NASA team will determine which high school payload is the winning project.
Kim Pittman, left, leads an experiment with F.E. Burleson students, from left, Deaigo Valentin, Austen Green and Cade Pressley during a work day Nov. 8.
Josh Hamilton leads an experiment with F.E. Burleson students during a work day Nov. 8.
Jerrond Elliott talks with F.E. Burleson students about an experiment during a work day Nov. 8.
Derrick French (top center) works with F.E. Burleson students, front from left, Michael Camp, Grayson Jones, Eli Sandlin and Carter Driggers on an experiment during a work day Nov. 8.
Burleson Elementary students, from left, Jennifer Soto, Nick Pershin and Conner Bodine react to an experiment performed by HHS engineering team member Tiffany Pittman.
Burleson Elementary students watch the results of experiment performed by Kim Pittman.
Kim Pittman puts a reactant into a beaker during an experiment for the engineering team’s NASA payload project.
Tiffany Pittman, left, prepares to perform an experiment as Jaida Duncan, Ezra Elrick and Nick Pershin look on.
Drew Allen shows how an experiment works with Burleson Elementary students.
Caleb May directs Burleson students, from left, Ashley Arrington, Angel Dowdy, Elliott Bray and Sophie Herring for an experiment to determine what balls would spin around faster.
Burleson student Charlie McKay raises his hand to answer a question during the classroom portion of the experiment day in the Hartselle High School lecture hall.