Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Belen High School | KOB 4

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Belen High School

February 23, 2018 09:25 AM

BELEN, N.M. - Some New Mexico students have the chance to show off New Mexico’s success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, and will see their work sent into space.


Belen High School students reached for the stars with proposals for the Student Spaceflights Experiments Program.

“The chance to send research up to space,” described student Julia Castillo.         

They pitched proposals for projects to be put onboard the International Space Station. They landed a top score and their experiment, a spot on the flight.

“Death and decay of organic matter in micro-gravity,” student Isaiah Baca said. “So we're sending a tomato leaf into space and comparing how it decays without any oxygen or gravity, compared to here with oxygen and gravity.”

Now, they’re invited to present their research at the Smithsonian and learn from scientists in Washington, DC. They’re holding a raffle to raise the money they need to get there.

“There’s some really good prizes, to be $10 a ticket,” said student Erick Venuti.

The students hope they’ll have the chance to represent not just themselves or their high schools, but all of New Mexico.

“Not only Belen but all of the state and I think the trip will be fun because we're meeting kids from all over the country and we get to participate our state and our home,” said student Abigail Brown.

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