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The Effect of Microgravity on Bacterial Growth and its Resistance to Antibiotics. Co-Principal I nvestigators:Wesley Crow Logan Burks Cole Klinkhammer Samuel Sheahan. the Experiment. The Effect of Microgravity on Bacterial Growth and its Resistance to Antibiotics .

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The effect of microgravity on bacterial growth and its resistance to antibiotics

The Effect of Microgravity on Bacterial Growth and its Resistance to Antibiotics.

Co-Principal Investigators:Wesley Crow

Logan Burks

Cole Klinkhammer

Samuel Sheahan


The experiment

the Experiment

The Effect of Microgravity on Bacterial Growth and its Resistance to Antibiotics.

  • The Question:

    • Will bacteria be less susceptible to antibiotics after it is grown under the influences of microgravity?

  • Previous Results

    • Other experiments conducted.

    • Our Pretest results

  • Our Hypothesis


Materials procedure

Materials & Procedure

  • Antibiotics used: Penicillin, erythromycin, and vancomycin

  • Bacteria used: staphylococcus epidermidis

    • Why this bacteria?

  • Pre-flight Stages:

  • Activation:

  • Post-flight Experimentation:


Results

Results

  • We observed that the zone of inhibition created was smaller for the bacteria grown in space compared to the bacteria grown on earth.

    • We think this phenomenon could be credited to bacteria growing better in microgravity

  • What differences we observed.


Pictures

Pictures


Quantitative results

Quantitativeresults

Microgravity Test Results

Ground Truth Results


Conclusion

CONCLUSION

  • Why is microgravity a more advantageous environment for bacterial growth?

    • Our Hypothesis

  • Future Experimentation

    • Other bacteria

    • Viruses

  • How can this be applied?


Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Thank you to all the organizations and businesses that helped make this experience possible, along with a special thanks to all the teachers at Valley Center High School for all their dedication and support.

Lead: Valley Center High SchoolValley Center Public Schools

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)National Center for Earth and Space Science EducationKansas Space Grant ConsortiumAirbus North AmericaArk Valley NewsCapps ManufacturingCargillCoonrod& AssociatesExacta AerospaceiSiEnvironmentalKAKE TVKansas Cosmosphere& Space CenterWichita Eagle

Additional Contributors: Amy Sears & Russell Lance, Bill & Marlene Wentz, Bradley Tidemann, Brian Jackson, Brian Supernaw, D & D Plumbing, Emerson & Eileen Bolte, Glen & Janel Hawkins, Grant & Anita Tidemann, Greg & Kendra Jantz, Hugh Gill, Lois Pierson, Mick & Kay Thrasher, Parker Maldonado, Representative Steve Huebert, Society of Women Engineers, Timothy & Rhonda Price, Valley Center Booster Club, Valley Center Education Foundation, Valley Center Lions Club, Valley Center Pizza Hut


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