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Thomas Verrette; 2021, 74 min.
Recommended ages: 8+
Think your assignments are hard? Imagine if your work was checked in space—by astronauts! That’s the case for the real students of the ISS Finals Tournament who are tasked with creating code for satellites aboard the International Space Station. Zero Gravity follows three middle school innovators and their first-time coach as they learn to navigate the complexities of NASA technology and life as a pre-teen. Gorgeous footage of outer space adds to the grandeur of their task, but the most compelling stories happen here on Earth, where the students support each other with teamwork and compassion, and their own hidden figure: the Mexican-American grandfather of their instructor whose experience at NASA sheds new light on the history of science and flight.