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It's your typical high school science classroom.

But for a handful of Fairport High students, a classroom they'll travel to in the Spring is anything but typical.

"It's a pretty amazing experience for the kids," said Gene Gordon, Fairport HS Physics Teacher.

"There's the Zero G plane, and some of the teachers have gone on it before," said Michelle Kott, Fairport HS Senior.

Here's video proof of that. Fairport teachers earlier this year, flying in zero gravity, conducting experiments on a project Fairport students created.

"It is the most amazing thing anyone has ever done, when they've done it," said Gordon.

Students will get to do it. A rare opportunity, to take part in the NASA HUNCH extreme science program.

"We always felt as teachers that we weren't giving students the full experience, so when NASA came to us and said do you want to do this, we jumped at the chance," said Gordon.

"I thought it was kind of cool. I just wanted to do it, because I'm very interested in science," said Kott.

"They're gonna have to have something they can design and build," said Gordon. "They're not going to be off the shelf parts."

What exactly the students will build, they have yet to decide on that. But they'll need to have an abstract in two weeks, when the director of the NASA HUNCH program visits their school. The experiment must be up and running in the classroom by January. And in April, three students will get to fly in the Zero G plane.

"I find it interesting, exploring the world, finding what's out there and how it works," said Gordon.

When students finish their experiments they'll have to draft a final paper, and make a presentation before NASA scientists. Though NASA is helping them out with parts, students will need to raise money for their creation which will eventually go on board the International space station.

One which will put them in a classroom, unlike any they've ever been in.

"It has been my philosophy in education my entire life," said Gordon. "There is nothing better than getting your hands dirty. There's nothing that beats actually doing." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP