11 year-old to brew beer in space

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 10:29am

An 11 year-old in Colorado wants to boldly go where no child has gone before. He's brewing a beer that can be used in space as he tells Mark Meredith, this experiment has nothing to do with getting astronauts drunk.

This is how we crush them.

Following a recipe usually meant for adults, Michael Bodzianowski, at age 11, is turning beer making into a historic achievement, "I really didn't expect this from the start, I just designed this experiment to get a good grade in my class"

But his idea is earning him a lot more than a good grade. His experiment, to see how the fermentation process works in micro gravity, is grabbing the attention of NASA.

Michael Bodzianowski, "Beer while known to most people as a party drink actually has some medical properties"

In December, Michael's idea will leave the classroom and arrive at the International Space Station.

It's there astronauts will find out how well the beer ferments in space, something the 7th grader hopes could be used to help in a medical emergency.

Michael Bodzianowski, "You can clean wounds like that, it could be a reliable amount of water that won't contaminate you."

The project while unique is exactly what the STEM school, a facility that focuses on science and math, in Highlands Ranch wants to see more of as Sharon Combs, Earth Science Teacher, commented, "What a perfect way to show them this is why... this is why you have to learn how to write a lab report because you may have to write a real proposal one day."

For teachers like Sharon Combs, seeing a student's imagination come alive is what it's all about, "Just the whole idea I've got an 11 year old putting beer together in my classroom... that was pretty special."

Now it's up to NASA to get the test tubes into space, as for Michael, he's already convinced no matter what happens, "It's going to be the greatest moment of my life, so far."

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