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Countdown to Space: Cumberland County STEM Education Takes Flight at the 3rd Annual Expo

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Cumberland County students vie for chance to send science experiments to International Space Station

The 3rd annual STARward STEM Expo was held on Tuesday at Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, hosting over 200 students representing teams from kindergarten through 12th grade. The event aims to promote education by providing a platform for students to showcase their science projects and potentially see them sent into space. Maura Richard expressed excitement about the opportunity to create their own designs and potentially see them sent into space.

Cumberland County STEM Education Director Frank McKay highlighted the significance of promoting education through events like the STEM Expo and emphasized the importance of addressing the needs of communities and the country. The experiments conducted by students can range from simple to complex based on their interests and goals. One of the teams, the Fly Guys, is investigating whether plant seeds can grow in outer space using a mystic tube separated into three sections.

In a previous year, a student experiment explored the effects of perchlorates, a chemical compound found in Martian soil, on aerospace aluminum alloy. Denise Renfro, a teacher in Cumberland County, shared the success of students who discovered the presence of perchlorates in Martian soil after investigating corrosion on the Mars rover’s wheels. These students were among the first to have their experiments sent to the ISS as part of the program. This year’s winners will be announced on Tuesday evening.

By Samantha Johnson

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