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Douglas Byrd High School Hosts 3rd Annual STEM Expo, Sending Winning Projects to International Space Station

Cumberland County students vie for chance to send science experiments to International Space Station

Douglas Byrd High School Hosts 3rd Annual STEM Expo, Sending Winning Projects to International Space Station

The 3rd annual STARward STEM Expo took place on Tuesday at Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, with over 200 students from kindergarten to 12th grade representing teams from across the community. This year’s event saw even more excitement and innovation as students showcased their science projects.

The winning teams will have their projects sent to the International Space Station as a “science payload,” giving them the opportunity to see their designs reach new heights. Maura Richard, a student attending the expo, expressed her enthusiasm about the possibility of creating her own unique designs and potentially seeing them launched into space.

Cumberland County STEM Education Director Frank McKay emphasized the importance of promoting education through events like the STEM Expo and highlighted the need to address the needs of communities and the country as a whole. The experiments conducted by students can range from simple to complex based on their interests and goals, showcasing the diverse range of scientific inquiry taking place at this year’s expo.

One of the teams, known as the Fly Guys, is investigating whether plant seeds can grow in outer space using a mystic tube separated into three sections. Their experiment is just one example of how students are pushing boundaries and exploring new frontiers in science.

In addition to the student winners, two teachers and a principal will attend the Space Academy for Educators in June at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama. These educators will have the chance to learn from experts in space exploration and bring that knowledge back to their classrooms, inspiring future generations of scientists and explorers.

The winners of this year’s STEM Expo will be announced on Tuesday evening, but one thing is certain – these young scientists are paving the way for a brighter future through their innovative work and passion for discovery.

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