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3 Tallahassee teens create project destined for International Space Station

Posted at 11:23 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 23:23:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A group of local teenagers are having a major impact on the science community across the globe.

"You take a step back and like, I was in high school and I designed an experiment that's going to the ISS," said Iyshwary Warren, now a student at Stanford and one of the members of Team Lotus.

The three teens put together an experiment that will blast off into space and dock aboard the International Space Station.

The experiment? How space influences algae and photosynthesis, a study that could have a major impact in space and right here on earth.

"Specifically, we are looking more into the oxygen output, you know, would it be easier for astronauts to breathe and we're also looking into using algae as a reactor for energy," Shikha Patel, a student at Rickards High School said.

Putting this project together was no easy task for Team Lotus.

Iynthury Warren, a student at Florida State University and one of the members of the team, says that comradely played a role in skyrocketing their odds of winning the "Go for Launch! Higher Orbits" event.

Higher Orbits is a non-profit organization using spaceflight to promote science, technology, engineering, art and math. So far 12 projects made by students have made it to space.

It's not clear when Team Lotus's project will hitch a ride on an ISS resupply mission.