Wednesday afternoon when my kid got out of school he called me right away to tell me about his day. That is something that has never happened in his 14-year existence. So, I knew right away it must have been a pretty cool day.

He told me how the 8th graders at Grand Blanc Middle School got to chat with astronaut Jessica Meir who is onboard the International Space Station. At that point, I understood his excitement because that is pretty freaking cool.

It was all thanks to 8th grader Alayna Broome. She won the grand prize in Scholastic's Opening Doors in Space contest. It is designed to get middle school-aged students to engage more in STEM projects.

According to Mid Michigan Now, Broome was tasked with creating something that would help astronauts feel more at home while in space. She designed a garden that could survive in space.

Her idea was so impressive that she beat out 3,000 other students.

My kid said it was really cool knowing they were chatting live with an actual astronaut that was out there floating in space

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