Congratulations to our students from International School who had their experiments selected to fly with NASA this summer!

The students’ proposed experiments were accepted as part of the Cubes in Space program.

Five Cubes in Space experiments will fly on a NASA Sounding Rocket and one experiment will fly on a NASA research balloon. The Cubes in Space program is designed to spark curiosity, encourage logical and methodical thought, and foster creative problem solving in a fun, exciting way.

The following groups will look forward to testing these experiments in space:

  • The Effect of Increasing Temperature and Force on an Iodine Tablet (Daniel Koo, Cooper Taylor, Lucas Clarke)
  • Aerogel (Aaron Chhor, Kyle Zhao, Jack Lee)
  • Could We Have Come from Mars? (Anthony Chen, Casen Frei, Isaac Cook, Rowan Surkan)
  • Effects of Space Radiation on DNA (Isabella Parish, Hanna Shigemitsu, Christina Kwon, Zaira Ganga)
  • The Effects of Extreme Air Temperatures on the Level of Toxicity of Lifesavers (Kiseok Song, Ryan Gu, Luke Cheng, Hideto Atsumi)
  • Bones Become Less Dense in Space, We’ll Patella You Why (Priya Tampi, Teoman Toprak, Milan Manfredi)

The student groups will be setting up their experiments in cubes from NASA and sending them back to NASA for launch into space. International School teacher Cheryl McClure and her students would like to give a special thanks to VIBES volunteer Vasuki Seshadri who has been instrumental in helping students understand space conditions as well as experimental designs and constraints.

For more information visit the Cubes in Space website.



The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.