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Kennedy Space Center Workshop February 8-11, 2002

We held our second 'advanced' student workshop at Kennedy Space Center from February 8th through the 11th, 2002.  Teachers and students from Duval, Pasco, and Brevard Counties participated in the workshop.  The workshop consisted of two days of activities for the participants. One day was dedicated to a tour of the Astronauts Hall of Fame and somr exposure to the facilities of Space Camp.  The second day was conducted in the facilities of  Lockheed Martin (Technical Operations) located at Spaceport Florida.   The activities at Lockheed consisted of two modules:

Greg Jenkins brought a team of seven University of California at Irvine (UCI)/NASA personnel to run their portion of the workshop. They conducted flight sample certification and sample preparation for the STS-110 (Atlantis) shuttle mission which is scheduled to launch April 4th, 2002.  STS-110 is scheduled to take samples to the space station in connection with ISS Mission 8a.

Anna Holmes from the Structural Biology Lab at The University if Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) and The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) conducted a protein crystallization science module.  Anna presented instruction and conducted a protein crystallization utilizing the vapor diffusion (sessile method).  Students prepared samples which will be evaluated and photographed by Anna and selected graduate students at UAH.  The results are being published on Anna's dedicated student protein crystals webpage. Felicia Ewing from MSFC conducted a protein dialysis activity which consisted of crushing brazil nuts, filtering and purification steps, and culminated with the production of  crystals. Teachers and students will be able to take the 'Brazil nut' activity back to their schools and present it to their classmates.


Workshop Participants
Anna's Vapor Diffusion Module
Flight Sample Preparation
Felicia's 'Brazil Nut' Activity

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