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NASA Visits Fairport HS For Start Of Experiment

Fairport High School has been chosen by NASA through hands-on science experiments. A NASA scientist came to school to work with the team.
Fairport High School has been chosen by NASA through hands-on science experiments. A NASA scientist came to school to work with the team.

Kevin White may be a senior at Fairport High School, but he soon hopes to be a NASA employee in his final year of school.

"I've always loved NASA so I just thought it would be a really cool opportunity to be able to actually work with them," he said.

Thirty Fairport students and five teachers are on a team that is creating an experimenting for NASA. If all goes well, their work could go on a Zero G plane flight next April- then on to the International Space Station.

"We are trying to see what the difference is between bacteria growth in 3D as opposed to the 2D because gravity we think restricts bacteria growth on Earth, but it might now do the same thing in space," Luke Dengler said.

Their experiment has to fit in a small box. Once up and running, the students will get back real-time data from space. A NASA employee visited the school Monday. It is all part of NASA's Hunch Program.

"We are building the next generation of space explorers and even if they are not interested in going into science or space, we are building hopefully a generation who knows how to problem solve," program manager Florence Gold said.

"I've never met anyone from NASA and it's a place that I potentially want to work at too, so I think it's a great opportunity to see what I might be getting into in the future," White said.

Fairport High School is one out of 14 schools in the entire country participating in this program. Teachers say it is not only a good experience for students, but also a resume builder.

"The experience is phenomenal. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience," teacher Chris Stahl said. "It's not an opportunity that gets presented to every school district."

If approved, Kevin and other members of the Fairport team may visit NASA in Houston for the flight next spring.
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