5th graders get a unique science lesson as they prepare to blast off into space

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Brandon, FL -- More than one hundred 5th graders from Kingswood Elementary took their skills to the next level as they prepared to blast off into space.

It's all part of a science experiment competition where more than a thousand students from 11 Hillsborough County elementary schools will compete to have their science experiment conducted at the International Space Station.

The students must create a design on an experiment that will work in zero gravity.

Teachers expressed that it's not just about the competition.

"They need to really get their interests going right now and as we have found out by doing lots of studies here, the space is just wonderful and they just love the space," said fifth grade science teacher Scott Coonfare. 

A $19,500 grant from the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation given to the Hillsborough County School District, has enabled students to participate in the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education NanoRacks program.   

For every transaction made using a Suncoast Federal card a percentage goes to the foundation.

Hillsborough County School District also received $2,000 from the Florida Space Grant Consortium at the University of Central Florida to fulfill the financial requirement. 

Students will get the chance to watch the launch live on NASA TV in late spring, 2014 and to see how astronauts work and live in space.

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