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Eugene 8th graders design test of Harvard invention for International Space Station

Garrett Price, Ray Newell and Kobe Skidmore attend the Eugene 4J Arts & Technology Academy. They applied to take part in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, proposing to test Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface.

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EUGENE, Ore. - An experiment put together by 3 science savvy 8th graders in Eugene will be tested on the International Space Station later this year.

Garrett Price, Ray Newell and Kobe Skidmore attend the Eugene 4J Arts & Technology Academy.

They applied to take part in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, proposing to test Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface.

Known as Slips, it is a cutting edge technology developed by a team at Harvard University that is not on the market yet.

Inspiration

One of the students got the idea from his dad cooking with cooking oil at home.

They Googled to find the slipperiest substance known - and they found Slips.

They found the Harvard connection.

Perspiration

First, they emailed the researchers.

Then called twice to get the Harvard team on phone - and get Ivy League endorsement.

The experiment is on a plastic tube to test Slips to see if it can do the same job in zero gravity conditons.

If test is positive, kids say it could be applied to NASA space vehicles to prevent frosting over of rockets.

The experiment will go up on ISS in December.

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