Centaurus Students Will Send Project to ISS

Centaurus Engineering students Jack Carvalho, Abby Schmid and Bryan McCarty with teacher  Brian Thomas at the National Design Challenge Conference held in Denver on May 8-9. Image Credit: BVSD

Centaurus Engineering students Jack Carvalho, Abby Schmid and Bryan McCarty with teacher
Brian Thomas at the National Design Challenge Conference held in Denver on May 8-9. Image Credit: BVSD

Lafayette, Colorado. May 14, 2014 – A team of Centaurus High School students has been selected to send a student project to the International Space Station. The project will launch on a SpaceX rocket in the spring of 2015, and data will be collected and sent back to Earth.

In March, Robotics classes at Centaurus High School learned about an opportunity to send a student research project to the International Space Station. Sophomore engineering students Jack Carvalho, Abby Schmid and Bryan McCarty worked through spring break to brainstorm project ideas and to create a 10-page proposal.

“I thought our proposal was good, but I didn’t expect to win,” said student Bryan McCarty. “This is easily one of the coolest things to ever happen to us.”

The project is titled, “The effects of simulated gravity on bacterial lag phase in a micro-gravitational environment.” The students were chosen in April as one of three winning teams.

“Whenever someone asks me about it, it stills seems unreal to tell them we are sending our project into space,” said student Abby Schmid.

Centaurus will be calling upon their various engineering classes to help with the space project when school starts again in the fall. The timing of the project is perfect, with Centaurus’s new Aerospace Engineering class beginning in the Fall of 2014. Biotechnical, Software and Introduction to Engineering Design students will also be involved.

The Centaurus team will partner with CU Boulder, Front Range Community College, Ball Aerospace, Texas A&M, and Sparkfun to get their research into space.

“Ever since I was a little kid, space fascinated me,” said student Jack Carvalho. “It’s a dream come true to be involved in this awesome project. I’m so excited!”