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Fifteen Florida Schools Named to Participate in Butterflies in Space Program

Space Florida, in collaboration with BioServe of Colorado, announced earlier this month that 15 Florida elementary schools have been selected to participate in the Butterflies in Space program. Classrooms at the schools will create a butterfly larvae habitat and compare development of their habitat to that of another test group of larvae flying aboard STS-129 which is headed for the International Space Station in November.

Due to increased interest from elementary schools and enthusiastic teachers, Space Florida and BioServe will soon expand the program so that any elementary school in Florida wishing to participate in the experiment can access the BioServe Web site and follow the space-based version of the experiment via daily downlinks from the International Space Station. Schools can also learn how to establish their own butterfly larvae habitat.

The Florida schools selected to participate in the Butterflies in Space program include:

  • Union Park Elementary, Orlando
  • Freedom 7 Elementary, Cocoa Beach
  • Eagle’s View Academy, Jacksonville
  • Aventura City of Excellence School, Aventura
  • Robert Louis Stevenson School of the Arts, Merritt Island
  • Argyle Elementary, Orange Park
  • Hammock Pointe Elementary, Boca Raton
  • Golfview Elementary, Rockledge
  • Lewis Carroll Elementary, Merritt Island
  • Dale Mabry Elementary, Tampa
  • Spirit Elementary, Deltona
  • Riversink Elementary, Crawfordville
  • Glenallen Elementary, North Point
  • Holm Elementary, Pensacola
  • Poinciana Elementary, Naples

For more information about the Butterflies in Space program, visit http://www.spaceflorida.gov/news/9_22_09.php. For information about BioServe of Colorado, visit http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/BioServe/about.html. BioServe Space Technologies is a Center within the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. with more than 20 years of specialized experience in conducting microgravity life science research and designing and developing space flight hardware.