Author Archive | Drew Roman

Materials Crisis!

It turns out urokinase is really expensive and hard to get. Josie and Celeste make an early morning call and find this out. Thanks so much to the folks at Sigma-Aldrich for taking on the task of finding an affordable … Continue reading →

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Student Scientists

The students have been given paperwork introducing SSEP, NanoRacks‘ minilab that we will be utilizing and the list of NASA approved sample materials.  As we begin making progress with group selection and topic selection, I will be posting more.  Please stay … Continue reading →

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Avicenna Science Lifts Off

Avicenna Academy was granted an award from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium which will allow us to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).   When we return from spring break, we will be jumping head first into this project.  … Continue reading →

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And the Winner is…

National Review Board selected for flight: Urokinase Protein Crystal Growth in Microgravity 

Co-Principal Investigators: Celeste Brown and Josie Smith
, Jackson Middle School, Grade 7 Teacher Facilitator: Jennifer Kelley Proposal Summary:
We want to grow urokinase protein crystals for researchers to find … Continue reading →

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SSEP Competition Finalists

Each student proposal submitted to the competition was read and evaluated by the SSEP PDX Local Review Board. This team was made up of Erik Nilsen (Jackson parent, Lewis & Clark professor, and former NASA employee), Susan Jordan (Director of … Continue reading →

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The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.