SACRAMENTO — Monday, Assemblymember Salas (D-Bakersfield) welcomed seventh graders from Corcoran’s John Muir Middle School to the California State Capitol.

Some of the students participated in the Mission 12 experiment on the International Space Station in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), while others are currently working on the Mission 13 experiment.

Last year, the students who participated on Mission 12 created an experiment on broccoli and discovered that broccoli in space grew better than on Earth.

For the Mission 13 group, the students have created a hypotheses to see if shrimp would grow in space. 

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“Their pioneering spirit and dedication to science, research, and teamwork is what science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) needs," Salas said about the students. "When we support and encourage students to pursue the sciences, we are preparing them a bright and successful future.”

John Muir Middle school was accepted as one of the 32 communities in the U.S., Canada and Brazil to participate in SSEP’s Mission 12, and one of 38 communities invited for Mission 13.

The SSEP is about inspiring America's next generation of scientists and engineers by immersing and engaging students in every facet of real science.

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