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Exploring the Universe: The 3rd Annual STEM Expo Sends Science Payloads into Space and Promotes STEM Education

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Students from Cumberland County vie for the chance to send their science experiments to the International Space Station

The 3rd annual STARward STEM Expo recently took place at Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, attended by over 200 students representing teams from kindergarten through 12th grade. The expo is an opportunity for students to showcase their science projects and potentially have them sent to the International Space Station as “science payload.”

One student, Maura Richard, expressed her excitement about the possibility of designing her own projects and potentially sending them into space. 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.

Cumberland County STEM Education Director Frank McKay highlighted the importance of promoting education through events like the STEM Expo. He emphasized the value of focusing on what communities and the country need right now in terms of education.

Experiments at the expo can range from simple to complex. For example, student team the Fly Guys, including members Richard and Kyleigh James, are testing whether plant seeds can grow in outer space. Other experiments in the past have explored topics such as the impact of perchlorates, a chemical compound found in the soil on Mars, on aerospace aluminum alloy.

Denise Renfro, a teacher in Cumberland County, recalled a past experiment that investigated

By Samantha Jones

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