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Karen Iuzzolino-Paquin, a middle school science teacher at St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick, has been selected to participate in the Teachers in Space Human Flight Program.

She is one of five in the country to be selected.

According to The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland:

Karen will join educators from New Jersey, New York, and Texas in a microgravity flight provided by Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero-G) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The teachers will compare the performance of miniaturized builds of classroom experiments in multiple gravity simulations; collect data on their heart rate, ECG, blood oxygen, breathing, and other human vital signs; and become familiar with the Zero-G experiment environment to establish and test training protocols for these flights.

The purpose of TIS’ Human Flight Program is to prepare teachers for participation in actual spaceflight activities which will inform their work with students. With the training and resources from these Zero-G flights, teachers will be better qualified to work with their students in designing and building flight-ready experiments that can be flown on multiple launch platforms.

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