NASA International Space Station

(Midland, MI) — Orion’s Quest, a Michigan nonprofit, is offering Midland twelfth-grade students the opportunity to work on research based on experiments from the International Space Station.

These Bullock Creek High School seniors will be participating in research aimed at studying the effects of microgravity on the human heart. The live mission is entitled “Stem on Station.”

According to, Microgravity is a condition people pick up while in space in which people or objects appear to be weightless. The effects of microgravity can be seen when astronauts and objects float in space.

Bullock Creek High School teacher Erin Martin will be leading the students in the research study. According to Martin, she discovered the opportunity at a STEM dinner at Saginaw Valley State University.

“I signed up immediately,” she said. “I don’t think they’re accepting everybody to do it. There was a giant list of teachers. I’ve never seen anything like this before, so I’m really excited.”

One thing that Martin is most excited about is how the students will be dealing with real life problems.

“I’m really glad (for the opportunity),” Martin said. “The fact they get to look at real information from real researchers is a cool opportunity.”