After-school programs and AMSE-endorsed clubs offer students a platform to engage with exciting material and the chance to participate in life-changing experiences.
Students in the International Space Station (ISS) Program conceive, design, build, test, integrate, and qualify customized science experiments that are sent into space and active on the ISS for 30 days. Each experiment module contains a digital camera and student-programmed microcontroller, and the experiment data is sent to Earth for student evaluation. Student teams have the opportunity to present their flight test results at space-sponsored conferences and work with partner school from around the world. Teachers and administrators interested in implementing the ISS Program in their school can learn more by visiting Quest for Space.
- Recent VCHS student experiments on the International Space Station include:
- The Effects of BAM-FX Nutrient Solution and Endophytes on Plant Growth in Microgravity
- The Efficacy of Sharklet Material in Preventing the Growth of E. coli Bacteria in Microgravity
- The Effects of Microgravity on the Electrochemical Characteristics of a Microbial Fuel Cell
- Measuring the Rate of Lactococcus lactus Fermentation in Microgravity
- Measuring Radiation with Respect to Solar Flares and the South Atlantic / Anomaly / Light Propulsion in Microgravity / Ferrofluid Heat Dissipation
- Prevention of Biofilm Formation in Microgravity Using an Antimicrobial Copper Paint
- Slime Mold (Physarum Polycephalum) Growth in Patterned Structure under Micro-gravity
- The Effects of BAM-FX (Bio-Available Mineral Formula-X) Nutrient Solution and Endophytes on Marathon Broccoli Plant Growth in Microgravity
- Awards and distinctions include commendations from the San Jose Mayor’s office and letters of congratulations from:
- Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn
- Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle
- Actor Tom Hanks
- President Barack Obama
- Vice President Joe Biden
- California State Senator Barbara Boxer
The Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society is a national high school and two-year college Mathematics Honor Society with over 110,000 student members in more than 2,400 U.S. schools and 20 foreign countries. Competitions include mathematics at all levels and are a blend of team and individual formats.
(Note: Students must be enrolled in VCHS’ Aerospace Engineering course to be eligible for this after-school program.)
The following clubs are endorsed by the AMSE Institute: 3D Design, Chemistry, Chess, Drone, Environmental, Forensics, Future of Science Association, Future Surgeons of America, HyTec, Makers, Marine Biology, Math Honors, MD Junior, Medical, Migraine Awareness, Nutrition, Physics, Puzzle, Quiz Bowl, SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Partnership), St. Jude Cancer, USA Biology Olympiad