SIOUX CITY | An experiment by three North High School ninth-grade students will head into space this fall on board the International Space Station.
The project by Robert Hwang, Rachel Hodgins and Tammy Tran, titled "Go Nuts in Space," is one of 24 microgravity experiments selected from thousands of entries in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. It is sponsored in part by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE).
In September, over 300 high school students in the Sioux City Community School District began to prepare projects, according to Alison Benson, a spokeswoman for the district.
Hwang, Hodgins and Tran proposed to conduct a commercially available peanut allergy test to determine the impact of microgravity on allergic reactions.
After several rounds of review within the district, three proposals were submitted to the NCESSE, which sponsors the program in partnership with Nanoracks, LLC.