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Woodbury High School student named a finalist in International Space Station STEM Competition

Woodbury High School student named a finalist in International Space Station STEM Competition
Posted on 05/23/2018

Woodbury High School junior David Li has been named as a finalist in the Genes in Space science competition. The annual STEM contest challenges students in grades seven through 12 to design experiments to address real-life space exploration challenges and opportunities, with the winning experiment to be performed on the International Space Station (ISS).

David worked with three Mounds View High School students on a project that would establish the use of genome editing tools in space. The team is one of five that were named as finalists for the competition.

The five finalist teams will present their proposals to a panel of scientists and educators at the 2018 ISS Research and Development Conference in San Francisco, California, July 23-26. Each team will be mentored by scientists at Harvard University and MIT during the conference. The winning team will work with their scientist mentors to prepare their investigation and will watch their experiment launch to space.

In all more than 1,200 students from across the country proposed 559 DNA analysis experiments for the competition. The contest is a collaboration between miniPCR and Boeing with generous support from CASIS (manager of the ISS National Lab), Math for America, and New England Biolabs®. For more information about the Genes in Space competition and the 2018 awardees, visit www.genesinspace.org.