David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy chosen for NASA experiment

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David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy in Lafayette has been chosen to be one of the 11 schools worldwide to participate in a special NASA experiment.

Engineering students at David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy are working on an experiment to send NASA’s International Space Station, and their goal is to be able to bake in space.

“Once we get up in space, we are going to try to dissolve the material and it make it into the ready baking stage to start producing muffins and sugar sweets.” said 8th Grader Dylan Kracher

The challenge is everything has to fit in a capsule the size of a butter stick from the software to the bacteria.

It’s also a project that hasn’t been tried before.

Project Managers Alex Landry and Logan Guillory says they’ve faced unique obstacles with the overall design.

“Not many people have done stuff like this.” said Sophomore Alex Landry.

“It’s just been really trying hard to fit everything in it and make sure everything is going to work properly.” said Sophomore Logan Guillory.

Although there is no instruction booklet for the project, this is a challenge that the students are excited to work through.

“I think it’s cool to be able to think about a challenge and select a way to solve it” said Senior Nicolas Meadows.

“This is a chance to really demonstrate our abilities.” said Landry.

However, their instructors and an engineering professor from LA Tech are also there to help.

LA Tech Professor, Niel Crews says it’s project like this that’s necessary to pique student interest in engineering because they will be our future innovators.

“It’s not enough to like math. It’s not enough to like to get an “A” in Science. You have to tinker. You have to go home, play, create and build things.” said Crews.

The experiment will be sent to the International Space Station for 30 days next April.

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