Beer in Space — Thanks to an Ambitious Colorado 6th Grader

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton

Michal Bodzianowski may be too young to enjoy a pint of beer, but he’s old enough to understand its contribution to science. The eleven-year-old sees beer  as “an important factor in future civilization as an emergency backup hydration and medical source” for astronauts who may need antiseptics and an alternative source of potable water. Now his prize-winning experiment will be tested in space.

Beer in Space

Michal Bodzianowski, 11, a student at STEM School and Academy, holds up a fluid mixture enclosure for his adviser Sharon Combs to inspect. Michal’s prize-winning entry — “What Are the Effects of Creation of Beer in Microgravity and Is It Possible?” — will launch into space in December. (Erin Hull, The Denver Post)

Michal’s experiment — “What Are the Effects of Creation of Beer in Microgravity and Is It Possible?” — was the winning entry in a “competition that is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, launched in 2010 by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education to spark interest in a new generation of students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM.”

The experiment will launch into space in December.

[FULL STORY HERE FROM THE DENVER POST]

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