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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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Consulting an Expert

Dr. Mark Weislogel, a professor at PSU who has flown experiments on the International Space Station and space shuttles, agreed to consult with students working on proposals at several after-school work sessions. Though the SSEP MDA is really different than … Continue reading →

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A Starting Place

Students formed teams based around their interests. We looked at the big research categories from the supply list for this. These are the categories: protein crystal growth, inorganic crystal growth, bacterial studies, fish/aquatic life, food product studies, seeds and plants, … Continue reading →

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Choosing the Experiment

Teachers around the building approached SSEP differently. In my 6th grade class each student was involved in a team approach to creating a microgravity experiment proposal. This is the cover of my Science Notebook – it’s covered with ideas from … Continue reading →

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Receiving the News

In mid-July, OSGC’s director, Jack Higginbotham called to tell me that they were going to fund our project! Thanks SO much to Jack, Laura, and everyone at the Oregon Space Grant! With SSEP funded, I began planning in earnest. During … Continue reading →

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Welcome to the JMS SSEP blog!

SSEP at Jackson began shortly after my amazing experience as a Honeywell Educator at Space Academy at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. I learned about the opportunity to put a student’s experiment on the space shuttle … 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.