Assemblymember Salas Welcomes Corcoran’s Young Scientists to State Capitol

Monday, March 25, 2019

Assemblymember Salas with John Muir Middle School students

Next generation of scientists recognized on Assembly Floor

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Salas (D-Bakersfield) welcomed 6th and 7th graders from Corcoran’s John Muir Middle School to the California State Capitol.  These students participated in the Mission 12 experiment on the International Space Station in the annual Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) and will participate in Mission 13 later this year. 

For Mission 13, the students created hypotheses and will run experiments to see if shrimp will grow in space.  Last year, students from John Muir ran their Mission 12 experiment on broccoli and discovered that broccoli in space grew better than on Earth.

“Having these brilliant young student’s experiments go up into space shows what our Valley students can achieve.  I am very proud of them” said Assemblymember Salas.  “Their pioneering spirit and dedication to science, research, and teamwork is what science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) needs.  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 32 communities in the U.S., Canada and Brazil to participate in SSEP’s Mission 12.

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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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch

Assemblymember Salas with John Muir Middle School students on the Assembly Floor