2019 SSEP National Conference – Student Team Oral Presentations

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All teams needed to submit a description of their presentation via email to John Hamel by 5:00 pm ET, Monday, June 10, 2019, using the Oral Presentation Template that is downloadable below. Submission earlier than the deadline would be greatly appreciated. Note that your presentation Abstract has a strict 80 word limit.

Sample Oral Presentation Description

Mission 9

Oral 1: North Charleston, South Carolina
School and/or District: Palmetto Scholars Academy
Grade level of Team: 11

Title: How Does Spaceflight Affect the Detachment of Zinc Whiskers on Raised Access Server Room Floor Tile?

Type of Experiment: Flight Experiment, Mission 9 to ISS

Co-Principal Investigators: Kayla Capitan, Gabriel Voigt

Teacher Facilitator: Kellye Voigt

Abstract: Zinc whiskers are hair-like protrusions that may form on zinc-galvanized or zinc-electroplated surfaces. If whiskers become airborne, they can land on and bridge electronic components, causing catastrophic electronic failures. This study focused on the detachment rate of zinc whiskers on a floor tile sample through its SSEP flight. Through systematic photographic analysis of the sample and the double-sided carbon fiber tape that surrounded the sample in the Type 1 FME, a significant number of detached whiskers were observed and analyzed.

Download the 2019 Oral Presentation Template.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.