September 21, 2018

Student Spotlight: Launch of a New School Year

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Desmen Boykin is an 8th grader at Graham Park Middle School in Triangle, Virginia. He participated in the Go For Launch! program in 2017, which includes a competition to design a space experiment. His team, Operation Galaxy X, won with an idea to study the life cycle of mealworms in space. The team coordinated with Higher Orbits and Space Tango to turn the design into a real flight experiment, which launched to the International Space Station in 2017. Designing the experiment was exciting, but the truly transformational experience for Boykin was getting to attend the rocket launch.