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Yeshiva Ketana Of Long Island To Send Science Experiment To Space

Inwood, NY – Forty years ago, the Eagle landed, leading to a giant leap for mankind. This year, the students of Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island have received the opportunity of a century: to design science experiments that will study fluid diffusion, cell biology, and organism’s reactions and characteristics while in microgravity aboard the Atlantis Shuttle. This is it: after years of shuttle flights, this is NASA’s final space shuttle flight-and YKLI will be part of it.

“This has been an exciting month,” says Rabbi Ari Ginian, YKLI’s executive director and Community Project Director. “Our school has such a robust science program, with a state-of-the-art lab and regular classes with a special science faculty. The students are comfortable with lab methods, and they understand the scientific method. They regularly work with various organisms and know how to observe, record, and draw conclusions. I contacted Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Director, about our school and our potential projects, and he was thrilled to invite our students in this research program and to join the final shuttle launch.”

After designing the experiment, and passing a NASA flight safety review, the students will send the experiment to the Kennedy Space Center to be placed on the shuttle. The students and participants will then fly down to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to watch the takeoff.  Upon their return to YKLI, they will continually observe their experiment-in-progress in YKLI’s Earth-bound science lab.Prior to landing, the students will return to Florida to observe the landing, receive their project, and take it back to the lab.There, they will record subsequent observations and derive necessary conclusions.

“What makes this project so amazing is that our whole community-administration, parents, and every student–will be studying the effects of microgravity, “says Rabbi Ginian. “This is learning and sharing at its best. Everyone will have a chance to study theUniversethroughthe project.  And everyone will experience the impact of a lifetime when they watch the shuttle lift off.”

YKLI’s Kindergarten through third grade will be working on a mission patch design for the project; grades four through 8 will design the experiment. Parents and administrators are involved through the parent ideation committee, a parent project assessment committee, and YKLI administration review panels. Local scientists as well are welcome to contact the school to join in preparing the project and preparing for the launch.

“This will be a way for our students to understand what scientific study is all about,” says Zvi Bajnon, YKLI menahel. “The thrill of joining a community project and being a part of a launch that the whole country will be discussing will impress upon them that good scientific study is always exciting. Seeing the Niflaos Haboreh and understanding it is an out-of-this-world experience.”

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4 Responses

  1. There are some kids who have high level interest in secular subjects like science and need an outlet from Kodesh study. So far the outlets provided have been in the area of entertainment and other frivolous occupations. This academic program will better meet the needs of these kids, and hopefully keep them from leaving yiddishkeit later.

  2. I don’t like being the one saying it… But this is an incredible amount of bitul torah. All day long until the launch (and then till the landind), the boys will be in spaceland (pun), daydreaming about this project.

  3. Kol Hakavod to them! King19 why do you have to put it towards negativity? Is it possible that you are jealous that your child isnt able to do this? This is why there is english studies in the afternoon and not in the morning. They are still doing their learning in the morning. This opportunity is great for those boys that cant sit and learn or need that outlet! I hope these boys are successful in what they are doing!

  4. Dear Editor,
    Rav Zvi Bajnon IS a Rav (for about the past 40 years now) and a talmid chocham. Please refer to him that way.

    Moderators Note: Press release published exactly how Yeshiva submitted it to us.

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