Four San Antonio Students Are At The White House Science Fair

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Anthony Holmes, 13, Jacob Rubio, 11, Kalista Ybarra, 12, Madelyn Hickman, 11, created an experiment that studied crystal growing in space. They had a little help from some astronauts and NASA. - NISD
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  • Anthony Holmes, 13, Jacob Rubio, 11, Kalista Ybarra, 12, Madelyn Hickman, 11, created an experiment that studied crystal growing in space. They had a little help from some astronauts and NASA.

Despite their initial experiment blowing up during a rocket launch last fall, four Alamo City students from Hobby Middle School successfully sent a a science project to the International Space Station.

And on Monday, they got to show off their experiment dubbed "Crystal Tetris" at the 5th White House Science Fair.

A rocket carried their experiment, which examined how crystals grow in space to compare the data with how crystals grow on earth, to the International Space Station in January. Their experiment successfully returned to this planet last month. 

“We could not be more proud of these students and their teachers,” Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods said in a press release. “They have shown such persistence and determination as they first created this science experiment last spring and then finally saw it head to space in January. To now be invited to show off what they have learned at the White House Science Fair is an incredible achievement and a first for Northside ISD.”

The White House Science Fair celebrates student winners from science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, competitions from all over the United States.

President Barack Obama also announced during the fair more than $240 million in private sector funding that aims to get more girls and boys involved with STEM. The initiative is part of Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign, which so far, has resulted in more than $1 billion in "financial and in-kind support for STEM programs," according to the White House.

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