Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 10 to ISS

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SSEP Mission 10 to ISS

Experiment Design Competition and Selection of Flight Experiments: Spring 2016
Flight to ISS: projected launch Spring 2017, on Space-X-11 (Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft); return to Earth at launch+1 month, on SpaceX-11 (see Flight Profile page)

 

The 11 communities profiled below are providing the opportunity for thousands of grade 5-16 students to design and propose real microgravity experiments for flight aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of SSEP Mission 10 to ISS – the 12th SSEP flight opportunity.

Each community conducts a local Flight Experiment Design Competition with student teams designing microgravity experiments across multiple disciplines. Each team submits a formal research proposal, vying for an experiment slot reserved just for their community in a real research mini-laboratory scheduled to fly on the International Space Station. The Mission 10 to ISS community leadership project that across the network of 11 communities a minimum of 4,400 students will be fully engaged in experiment design, and a minimum of 870 flight experiment proposals from student teams will be received.

Thousands more grade preK-12 students are being given the opportunity to participate in SSEP Mission 10 to ISS community-wide programming, which includes the design of Mission Patches to fly aboard ISS. Through community engagement activities, together with microgravity experiment design, a total of 45 schools in 8 States are taking part in Mission 10 to ISS. In addition, Mission 10 includes three communities in California, and two in Texas.

Mission 10 is made possible in part by a grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. CASIS is a National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. For 7 of the 11 communities, Mission 10 is made possible in part by a grant from Subaru of America, also a National Partner on SSEP.

More generally, Mission 10 to ISS is made possible through the involvement of 48 Local Partner institutions, including school districts, corporate foundations, universities, community foundations, and companies, and which are providing both underwriting and material and human resources. This includes support from 6 NASA Space Grant Consortia at lead universities, including:  California Space Grant Consortium at University of California, San Diego; Delaware Space Grant Consortium at University of Delaware; Kansas Space Grant at Wichita State University; Maryland Space Grant Consortium at Johns Hopkins University; Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium at the Desert Research Institute; and Texas Space Grant Consortium at University of Texas at Austin.

The level of partnership is remarkable, and speaks to what a team of partners at the local, state, and national levels can do together in STEM education.

Visit the SSEP In the News page and the In Our Own Words page to gain an understanding of program impact over all SSEP missions conducted to date.

 

1. Camden, Arkansas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Camden Fairview High School, Camden Fairview Middle School; mission patches only: Fairview Elementary School, Ivory Primary School, Camden Fairview Intermediate School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 350 (grades 7-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-5), (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Camden Fairview School District

Ouachita Valley Community Foundation
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Camden Operations
Farmers Bank & Trust
Tom Chilton
Jerry Adams
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation
NTS

SSEP Community Program Director
Pam Vaughan
pamcvaughan@gmail.com

 

2. Elk Grove, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Cosumnes River Elementary School, C.W. Dillard Elementary School, Arnold Adreani Elementary School, Pleasant Grove Elementary School, Sierra Enterprise Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 430 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-3), (grades 4-6)

Partner Institutions
Elk Grove Unified School District

California Space Grant Consortium
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner
Subaru of America, Inc., SSEP National Partner

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Mike Gulden
mgulden@egusd.net

Sandra Wiest
swiest@egusd.net

 

3. iLEAD Consortium, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School, iLEAD Encino, iLEAD Lancaster, iLEAD Simi Valley, iLEAD Innovation Studios

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 623 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 95

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-4), (grades 5-12)

Partner Institutions
iLEAD Schools

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner
Subaru of America, Inc., SSEP National Partner

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Kathleen Fredette
kathdette@me.com

Angie Nastovska
angie.nastovska@scvi-k12.org

 

4. Lennox, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 6; experiment design and mission patches: Lennox Middle School; mission patches only: Buford Elementary School, Dolores Huerta Elementary School, Moffett Elementary School, Felton Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 310 (grades 7-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 62

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 1-5), (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Lennox School District

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Alejandro Hernandez
alejandro_hernandez@lennox.k12.ca.us

Salvador Martin
salvador_martin@lennox.k12.ca.us

 

5. Middletown, Delaware

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Everett Meredith Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 800 (grades 6-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 200

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): one competition; (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Appoquinimink School District
Everett Meredith Middle School

Orbital ATK
Air Liquide
Delaware Space Grant Consortium
LabWare
Society of Satellite Professionals International
SPI Pharma
Subaru of America, Inc., SSEP National Partner

SSEP Community Program Director
Meredith Swartzendruber
mlswartzendruber@gmail.com

 

6. Lansing, Kansas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Lansing Middle School; mission patches only: Lansing Intermediate School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 600 (grades 6-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 4-5), (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Lansing Unified School District 469
Lansing Middle School

NASA in Kansas – Kansas Space Grant Consortium
Black & Veatch
DST Systems, Inc.
Cerner
BioKansas
Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
Terracon
Synetic Technologies
Subaru of America, Inc., SSEP National Partner

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Dr. Jennifer Kolb
jennifer.kolb@usd469.net

Tara Krajewski
tara.krajewski@usd469.net

 

7. University System of Maryland, Maryland

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park; mission patches only: To be determined

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 30 (grades 6-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 7

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): one competition; (grades 13-16)

Partner Institutions
University of Maryland College Park
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Maryland Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Community Program Director
Daniel Serrano
dsvolpe@umd.edu

 

8. Clark County, Nevada

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: Nate Mack Elementary School, Martha P. King Elementary School, Kathy L. Batterman Elementary School, William Wright Elementary School, Sandy Searles Miller Academy of International Studies, William E. Snyder Elementary School, John C. Vanderburg Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grade 5)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 90

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grade 5 and GATE), (grades K-5)

Partner Institutions
Clark County School District

Greenpower DRI – Desert Research Institute
Arcata
The Public Education Foundation
UNLV College of Engineering
Nevada Space Grant Consortium
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Cynthia Joan Davis
Subaru of America, Inc., SSEP National Partner

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
William Gilluly
bgilluly@interact.ccsd.net

Cheryl Wagner
caw565@interact.ccsd.net

 

9. Summit, New Jersey

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 3; experiment design and mission patches: Kent Place Primary School, Kent Place Middle School, Kent Place Upper School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 350 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 70

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-5), (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Kent Place School

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jim Flakker
flakkerj@kentplace.org

Suzanne Carreno Powers
carrenpowerss@kentplace.org

Maura Crowe
crowem@kentplace.org

 

10. Houston, Texas – Harmony Public Schools

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Harmony Science Academy – Houston

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 10-11)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): one competition; (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Harmony Public Schools
Harmony Science Academy

Texas Space Grant Consortium
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner
Subaru of America, Inc., SSEP National Partner

SSEP Community Program Director
Gercek Boz
gboz@harmonytx.org

 

11. San Antonio, Texas – Southside ISD

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 8; experiment design and mission patches: Southside High School, ACES Early College Academy, Julius L. Matthey Middle School, Losoya Intermediate School; mission patches only: William Pearce Primary School, Julian C. Gallardo Elementary School, Freedom Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-4), (grades 5-12)

Partner Institutions
Southside Independent School District

Texas Space Grant Consortium
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner
Subaru of America, Inc., SSEP National Partner

SSEP Community Program Director
Samuel Ebong
samuel.ebong@southside.k12.tx.us

John Sherrill
john.sherrill@southside.k12.tx.us

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.