A Community that has taken part in one SSEP Flight Opportunity to date: Yellow
A Community that has taken part in more than one SSEP Flight Opportunity to date: Green
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Note: One Mission 3 to ISS Community, the Teachers in Space nationally distributed community program, is not shown on the map.
The SSEP Community Network is comprised of the 221 communities that have taken part in the 19 SSEP flight opportunities to date. The communities are shown on the map above. To date, 70 communities have now participated in at least 2 – and as many as 10 – flight opportunities, reflecting the sustainable nature of the program. This reflects a total of 367 SSEP community programs conducted to date across the 221 communities, as shown in the table below.
|Mission||Number of Participating
|Number of Schools||Number of Local Partners|
|1||SSEP on STS-134||16||53||54|
|2||SSEP on STS-135||11||48||55|
|3||Mission 1 to ISS||12||92||60|
|4||Mission 2 to ISS||11||72||72|
|5||Mission 3 to ISS||17||163||123|
|6||Mission 4 to ISS||11||112||74|
|7||Mission 5 to ISS||15||96||103|
|8||Mission 6 to ISS||18||142||116|
|9||Mission 7 to ISS||24||179||76|
|10||Mission 8 to ISS||14||93||46|
|11||Mission 9 to ISS||21||106||60|
|12||Mission 10 to ISS||11||45||45|
|13||Mission 11 to ISS||21||190||70|
|14||Mission 12 to ISS||31||257||106|
|15||Mission 13 to ISS||38||544||110|
|16||Mission 14 to ISS||32||304||99|
|17||Mission 15 to ISS||5||43||7|
|18||Mission 16 to ISS||22||287||99|
|19||Mission 17 to ISS||37||336||140|
Each community has its own unique approach to their SSEP community experience. In each community, the leadership defines how SSEP is to address their strategic goals in STEM education, the number of schools and grade levels participating, and the number of students being given the opportunity to not only participate in the Flight Experiment Design Competition (see the Selected Flight Experiments), but also the larger SSEP Community Engagement Program, which includes, e.g., the Mission Patch Design Competition.
In honor of all the partner institutions that enable SSEP at the community level—over 1,500 (through Mission 17): school districts, private schools, NASA Space Grant lead institutions and other universities, businesses, foundations, private philanthropists, and local research institutions providing science advisors—we present the following Community Profiles and Local Partners pages. A heartfelt thank you and congratulations to all the institutions and individuals that are introducing the frontiers of human exploration—and real science—to grade 5-16 students across America.