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St. Mary's County, Maryland
A student uses lab equipment

Noah uses a micropipette to fill an experimental chamber. Image Credit: SSEP

Experiment: Swimming Patterns and Development of Zebra Fish After Exposure to Microgravity

What memories the student team from Esperanza Middle School will have of their participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program! Their study of zebra fish has helped them to make connections with mentors and scientists locally, regionally and even internationally. What better way to see their excitement than to hear from them and their teacher directly?

"I have put my mind, patience and time in this whole project," said Mirelle. "I didn’t think we were going to go very far. You have no idea how happy I was when I heard that we were one of the 16 groups across the nation sending our projects into space."

"I always wanted to be an astronaut or pilot," said Noah. "SSEP has given me a chance to widen my career opportunities and gave me a better chance at what I want to do when I grow up. If you want something that bad, keep trying and eventually it will happen."

A student writes while looking at an aquarium

Abisha observes zebra fish behavior. Image Credit: SSEP

"I feel as though I've grown as a student because of the project," said Abisha. "Just today in class, our student team was observing our zebra fish control group, and we were so amazed to find out that the females had already laid eggs!"

The fourth team member, Josh, has enthusiasm for the project equal to his team members. He agrees that he will remember this project all of his life.

Added their teacher, Sue, "The SSEP challenge has given my students and me a once in a lifetime opportunity to formulate a problem to solve in a climate that we cannot recreate here on Earth."

Claudia G. Wortman: Esperanza Middle School
David Hitt: NASA Educational Technology Services