Using the words "sixth grader" and "beer brewing" in the same sentence might make some parents uncomfortable, but 11-year-old Michal Bodzianowski has big plans for the adult beverage -- and it's all in the name of science. Bodzianowski is working on an experiment for astronauts to make beer in space. (Yes, you read that right.)
The middle school student is a winner of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. His project will explore the creation of beer in microgravity, which could improve the water purification processes in developing countries by making it safe to drink.
His innovative experiment, along with 10 others, will be on SpaceX-3, launching from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station later this year. The tween will assemble the experiment in a tube before lift-off, reports ABC News, and an astronaut will carry it out once in space.
Bodzianowski joined HuffPost Live this week to explain his groundbreaking idea. According to the tween, alcohol can not only be used as a back-up source of drink, but also to heal wounds or to clean water in the event of an emergency, like an explosion to the water filtration system. Watch the full interview in the video above.
While it's uncertain if Bodzianowski's experiment will be a success, the budding scientist looks forward to a career in the science and technology fields.
"This really helps -- having this opportunity to have my project fly up to the International Space Station," said Bodzianowski. "It's just one-of-a-kind, really."