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Two students preparing bacteria samples

Montachusett students Miguel and Tori prepare bacteria samples. Image Credit: SSEP

Experiment: The Growth Rate of Lactobacillus acidophilus in Microgravity

The community of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School is proud of our students, whose achievement in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program gives credence to the benefits of a vocational school education. Earning recognition and respect in the area of academics is definitely a challenge for a vocational school, but our students' hard work has paid off as we embark on this historic event for both Monty Tech and the entire United States.

Monty Tech prepares its students to be successful both vocationally and academically. An opportunity of this magnitude further supports the idea that academic and vocational education can go hand-in-hand. Participation in SSEP has given us the opportunity to prove this. "I have no doubt at all that the education I have received at Monty has prepared me for participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, and I am very proud to call myself a student of Monty Tech," said Miguel, who is in the house carpentry program.

Two students performing experiment

Montachusett students Kayla and Leighton perform a trial run on experiment samples. Image Credit: SSEP

If not for the opportunity to participate in SSEP, Monty Tech would not have been able to showcase its students' academic accomplishments. SSEP has provided an outlet for overwhelming community support in the area of science education. While academic education at Monty Tech always has been important to parents and the community at large, SSEP has pushed the students to go that extra mile. With the help of SSEP, Monty Tech has proven that for students who attend a vocational school, the sky really is the limit.

Holly Gerry: Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School
Rebecca Dorfmueller: NASA Educational Technology Services