It’s been a pretty exciting year for Hobby Middle School seventh graders Anthony Holmes and Kalista Ybarra and sixth graders Madelyn Hickman and Jacob Rubio. In January, their science experiment “Crystal Formation” went to space. Now they’re taking the results to the White House Science Fair. The four will be honored guests Monday, March 23 at the 5th annual White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama.
“We could not be more proud of these students and their teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “They have shown such persistence and determination as they first created this science experiment last spring and then finally saw it head to space in January. To now be invited to show off what they have learned at the White House Science Fair is an incredible achievement and a first for Northside ISD.”
The event will be webcast live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. The White House Science Fair celebrates the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across America. The President will also announce new steps as part of his Educate to Innovate campaign to get more girls and boys, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, inspired and prepared to excel in the critical STEM fields. This year’s White House Science Fair will include a focus on diversity and inclusion in STEM.
The students’ experiment spent one month aboard the International Space Station in January, as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 6. It was actually their second attempt to send their work to space. Last October, an Orbital rocket containing the original experiment exploded at takeoff in Virginia.
The Student Space Flight Experiments Program (http://ssep.ncesse.org) is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) in partnership with Nanoracks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
To learn more about the students experiment, click here.