DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (020118) – BACTERIA EATING PLASTIC EXPERIMENT

STUDENTS FROM THE FALCON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL CONTINUED THEIR WORK ON THEIR EXPERIMENT THAT IS IN THE NASA’S FLIGHT SAFETY REVIEW STAGE.

ONCE THIS EXPERIMENT IS APPROVED, IT WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER.

THE FALCON STUDENTS’ PROJECT TITLED, ‘’THE EFFICACY OF IDEONELL SAKAIENSIS IN A MICROGRAVITY ENVIROMENT’’, WHICH BASICALLY MEANS: HOW BACTERIA EASTS PLASTIC IN SPACE.

(DEIDRA MORALES, SOPHMORE, FALCON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, UTPB)

“HUMANS ARE GOING TO START VENTURING OUT INTO SPACE AND WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO DISPOSE OF THE PT FILM OR JUST TRASH IN GENERAL. THIS WILL HELP GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING.”

THE DAY’S EXPERIENT WAS TO FIND AN EXACT VOLUME WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT, WHEN IT’S PLACED IN THE SPACE STATION THE BATERIA AND OTHER COMPONENTS WILL BE STORED IN.

(ELIZABETH GRAY, SCIENCE TEACHER, FALCON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, UTPB)

“IT’S GOING TO BE LAUNCHED INTO SPACE ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, SO, THEY HAVE TO KNOW THE MAXIMUM VOLUME AND FROM HERE ON OUT WE COULD DECREASE VOLUME, BUT WE CAN’T INCREASE ANYTHING.”

(FRANCIS DUPONUS, SOPHMORE, FALCON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, UTPB)

“WE’RE MEASURING THE WATER THAT WE’RE GOING TO PUT IN THE TUBE THAT WE’RE GOING TO SEND INTO SPACE. THE BACTERIA HAS AN ENVIRONMENT TO LIVE IN, WHILE IT’S BEING TRANSPORTED TO SPACE.

THE FINAL PRODUCT LOOKS VERY SIMPLISTIC, BUT IT ACTUALLY INVOLVES A LOT OF WORK ESPECIALLY WHEN DEALING WITH BACTERIA. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE STERILE, THER MUST BE A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT. THE STUDENTS WILL ALSO BE LEARNING THE PROCESS OF TROUBLESHOOTING AS IN, HOW MUCH GROWTH MEDIA TO USE.

(JOANN HERNANDEZ, LAB DIRECTOR-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, UTPB)

“THE END PRODUCT IS, THEY WILL HAVE A PLASTIC TUBE TO SIMULATE A TEST TUBE AND THEN THEY WILL HAVE. THE TUBE WILL BE CLAMPED OFF AND IN ONE END THEY WILL HAVE THE BACTIERIA AND THE MIDDLE PORTION OF THE TUBE WILL HAVE A MEDIA A GROWTH MEDIA WITH THIS PLASTIC. AND THE IDEA IS THAT, WHEN THE CLAMP IS REMOVED IN SPACE, THAT THE BACTERIA WILL BE ABLE TO GROW IN THE MEDIA AND EAT THE PLASTIC.”

THE STUDENTS ARE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO HAVE AN EXPERIMENT ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THESE SOPHMORE STUDENTS BELIEVE THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL OPEN DOORS IN ALL AREAS OF THEIR LIVES.

(JUAN MENDOZA, SOPHMORE, FLACON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, UTPB)

“I THINK IT’S REALLY COOL THAT WE GET TO WORK WITH ACTUAL ENGINEERS AND SICIENTISTS FROM NASA. IT’S AN AWESOM OPORTUNITY, BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING, LIKE A REAL HIGHLIGHT POINT ON MY RESUME.”

(DIEDRA MORALES SOPHEMORE, FALCON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, UTPB)

DEIDRA MORALES, A SOPHEMORE AT THE FALCON EARLY THAT THE BACTERIA CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.

“I STARTED OF BY IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS WE HAVE ON EARTH. POLUTION IS ONE OF THEM. BACTERIA CAN PROVIDE A SOLUTION TO THAT. WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC POLUTION IT’S GOING TO HELP US WITH THAT TOO.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera