Kids are sending tadpoles into space to study their growth and development, as part of a partnership between their school and Texas A&M University.
Students at Collins Middle School are building a small circuit board that will power lights that simulate day and night conditions on Earth for some space bound tadpoles. The class partnered with Talbot Middle School in Fall River and Texas A&M University to send tadpole embryos into space to measure the effect of zero gravity on their development aboard the International Space Station.
Assuming that their experiment survives the crushing pressure of lift off in next summer’s Space-X rocket launch, they will be exploring how pregnancy and fetal development progress in a weightless atmosphere.
“They want to see the development of tadpole embryos in micro-gravity for 30 days,” said Collins Middle School teacher and STEM specialist Matthew Weaver. “We’ll have two experiments. We’re going to be the ground test team.”
Weaver continued, saying that “the whole purpose is to create an experiment and see it live, the way a real scientist would.”