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SSEP Step 2 National Review Board Comments Being Sent to Communities 1 Week Early, Allowing Student Teams to De-Brief Before Holidays

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) is today sending the formal Step 2 Review Board comments back to the student teams for the 43 finalist proposals reviewed. NCESSE has worked to get the comments back a week in advance of the scheduled December 15 deadline so that proposing teams, lead […]

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Delay of STS-134 Launch, and December 2010 Fluid/Sample Compatibility Test – Vital for Student Experiments Chosen for Flight – PROCEEDING as Previously Scheduled

Last Friday, December 3, 2010, a NASA press conference addressed the ongoing problems with STS-133, the final flight of Shuttle Discovery, which was originally to launch in November 2010. Discovery’s launch has now been delayed until at least February 3, 2011. The impact on STS-134, Shuttle Endeavour’s final flight carrying the SSEP student experiments, is […]

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SSEP is Proud to Announce the Student Proposals Selected for Spaceflight on STS-134

We believe that learners must see themselves in the stories we tell, and experience scientific exploration through their own involvement. We also believe that it takes a community to educate a child… and a network of communities to reach a generation. From: Jeff Goldstein, SSEP National Program Director Center Director, National Center for Earth and […]

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URGENT Update on Formal Announcement of SSEP Proposals Selected for Flight

The SSEP Step 2 Review Panel completed its work late afternoon, Tuesday November 23, 2010. We are extremely excited to say that sixteen proposals were tentatively selected for flight on STS-134, one for each of the communities participating in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP). Experiments selected for flight now move to the next phase, […]

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SSEP Goes Interdisciplinary: NanoRacks is Giving Each Community the Ability to Fly an Emblem of Their SSEP Participation on the Space Shuttle

UPDATE (12/6/10): due to the launch delay for STS-134, the Emblems are now due to NCESSE (See address below) by close of business January 31, 2011. The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is about inspiring America’s next generation of scientists and engineers, and engaging […]

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Possible SSEP Debriefing and Strategic Planning Meeting at the NSTA Conference in Kansas City, October 28-29, 2010

SSEP Program Director, and Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), Jeff Goldstein will be attending the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Kansas City October 28-29, 2010. He is delivering the conference keynote address, titled Science Education: Conceptual Understanding at an Emotional Level. While in Kansas City, Jeff […]

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STS-134 Experiment FAQ, and How Teachers and Students can Submit Questions

The STS-134 Flight Experiment FAQ now contains lots of good information based on exceptional questions from students and teachers across the SSEP participating communities. This includes valuable information on how samples are turned over to ITA; how samples are harvested on Shuttle landing and turned over to student teams; mini-lab operation; and information on the […]

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SSEP Podcast by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for 365 Days of Astronomy

A Podcast on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) has just been posted at the 365 Days of Astronomy website. Bob Hirshon, Senior Project Director for Media Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently interviewed Dr. Jeff Goldstein, NCESSE Center Director, and the creator of the SSEP National Program. The […]

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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.