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NoMADS Junior Scientists

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Team Cooke held a competition for all middle schools in New Hampshire to submit proposals with their ideas for where we should collect the soil that will go to space! Check out the Team Cooke NoMADS Junior Scientists partner team below, and check back often to see updates!


The Decomposers visited Team Cooke at UNH Manchester to tour our campus and do some microbiology experiments!

Our partner team
The Decomposers

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Who are they?

Where is their soil location?

They are a team of seven 5th and 6th graders from Newington Public School in Newington, New Hampshire

The oldest town forest in the United States! The Decomposers selected a site in the Newington Town Forest.

Why did they win?

The Decomposers' sample had excellent soil composition, and their proposal emphasized their passion and excitement for all things science!

What are they up to?

The official control payload is currently set up in the Decomposers' classroom at NPS!

Our Junior Scientists are monitoring the control payload to ensure its safety, and adjusting temperatures to mimic the temperature conditions recorded while the experimental payload was in space.

The Decomposers are as creative as ever, and are sharing information about the project and their experiences working with us in a new season of their school's student-created podcast! Check out the episodes below. 
Bonus content coming soon!

Check out our Junior Scientists Competition Press Release!

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