Boulder students will have project sent to International Space Station

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.

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.

BOULDER, Colo. — A team of Centaurus High School students was selected as one of three winners to send a student project to the International Space Station.

The project will launch on a SpaceX rocket in spring 2015.  Data will be collected and sent back to Earth, said Boulder Valley School District spokesman Jade Cody.

Jack Carvalho, Abby Schmid and Bryan McCarty, all enrolled in a robotics class at Centaurus, worked through spring break to create a 10-page proposal.

They came up with a proposal to study “The effects of simulated gravity on bacterial lag phase in a micro-gravitational environment.”

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

“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.”

“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!”