Pharr elementary students science experiment to be tested on space station

Pharr elementary students science experiment to be tested on space station
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 9:57am

Two PSJA elementary students will be presenting their experiment at the National Earth and Space Science Education Conference and are asking for the public's help.

Cesar Chavez Elementary students, Brianna Azuara and Amanda Chavez will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to present the official results of their experiment, "How does microgravity affect mold growth?"

The two students were one of 755 student teams to submit their results to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 4 and also selected for their experiment to be on a flight to the International Space Station.

SSEP was designed to empower a student as a scientist and mirroring how professional research is done.

The experiment Brianna and Amanda proposed to SSEP is on how micro gravity affects the growth of mold on bread. Through this project, the girls hope to learn whether mold on bread grows faster on microgravity than here on Earth. By sending their experiment to space, Brianna and Amanda expect to get the answer to their question.

The students already have their trip to Washington D.C. paid for, but are asking for Valley residents for donations for their trip to Florida in October to attend the launch of their experiment on SpaceX.

For more information or to contribute to this effort please email Susana Ramirez ( or call her at: (956) 354-2000 ext. 1163.

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