Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 12 to ISS


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SSEP Mission 12 to ISS

Experiment Design Competition and Selection of Flight Experiments: Fall 2017
Flight to ISS: projected launch Spring/Summer 2018, on Space-X-15 (Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft); return to Earth at launch+1 month, on SpaceX-15 (see Flight Profile page)

 

The 31 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 12 to ISS – the 14th 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 12 to ISS community leadership project that across the network of 31 communities a minimum of 18,300 students will be fully engaged in experiment design, and a minimum of 3,400 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 12 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 257 schools in 16 States, 2 Canadian Provinces, and Brazil are taking part in Mission 12 to ISS. Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, are the two Canadian communities, and Sao Paulo is the community in Brazil. Mission 12 includes five communities in California, two in Connecticut, two in Florida, three in New Jersey, and five in Texas. Three communities are focusing on university undergraduates – Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, the University of Maryland System, and the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Mission 12 is the fifth SSEP mission for Hillsborough County, Florida, and Knox County, Tennessee, the fourth mission for Burleson, Texas, and Pharr, Texas, and the third mission for the University of Maryland System, and Springfield, New Jersey.

Mission 12 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 10 of the 31 communities, Mission 12 is made possible in part by a grant from Subaru of America, also a National Partner on SSEP. For the 2 Canadian communities, Mission 12 is made possible in part by a grant from Magellan Aerospace, a Canadian National Partner on SSEP.

More generally, Mission 12 to ISS is made possible through the involvement of 106 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 9 NASA Space Grant Consortia at lead universities, including: Alabama Space Grant Consortium at the University of Alabama in Huntsville;  California Space Grant Consortium at University of California, San Diego; Connecticut Space Grant Consortium at the University of Hartford; Georgia Space Grant Consortium at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Indiana Space Grant Consortium at Purdue University; Maryland Space Grant Consortium at Johns Hopkins University; New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University; NASA New York Space Grant Consortium at Cornell University; 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.

Quickly Scroll to Individual Communities

  1. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  2. Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  3. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  4. Winfield, Alabama
  5. Corcoran, California
  6. Moreno Valley, California
  7. Riverside, California
  8. Sanger, California
  9. San Jose, California
  10. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  11. Stamford, Connecticut
  12. Hillsborough County, Florida
  13. Port St. Lucie, Florida
  14. Jackson County, Georgia
  15. Honolulu, Hawaii
  16. Indianapolis, Indiana
  17. University System of Maryland, Maryland
  18. Kalamazoo & Detroit – Michigan Archdiocese, Michigan
  19. East Orange, New Jersey
  20. Galloway, New Jersey – Stockton University
  21. Springfield, New Jersey
  22. Belen, New Mexico
  23. WNY STEM – Buffalo/Niagara, New York
  24. Sumter, South Carolina
  25. Knox County, Tennessee
  26. Brazosport, Texas
  27. Burleson, Texas
  28. Ector County, Texas
  29. Fort Bend, Texas
  30. Pharr, Texas
  31. iForward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin

 

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 3; experiment design and mission patches: Dante Alighieri School, EMEF Peimetral, Project Ancora

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grade 7)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grade 7), (grades K-12)

Partner Institutions
Dante Alighieri School
Kennedy Space Center International Academy

Airvantis R&D, LLC
City of Sao Paulo
Brazil-Florida Chamber of Commerce (BFCC)

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jefferson D. Michaelis
JMichaelis@BrazilFlorida.org

Lucas Fonseca
lucas.fonseca@airvantis.com.br

 

2. Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 11; experiment design and mission patches: Nanaimo District Secondary School; mission patches only: Brechin Elementary, Fairview Community, Forest Park Elementary, Gabriola Island Elementary, Ecole Hammond Bay Elementary, Ecole Mountain View Elementary, Ecole Oceanside Elementary, Ecole North Oyster Elementary, Ecole Pauline Haarer Elementary, Ecole Quarterway Elementary

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 450 (grades 8-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-7), (grades 8-12)

Partner Institutions
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools
Nanaimo District Secondary School

BC Hydro
Vancouver Foundation – Blue Moon Group
Island Savings – A Division of First West Credit Union
Magellan Aerospace, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Mary Anne Perkins
maperkins@sd68.bc.ca

Martha Parker
mparker@sd68.bc.ca

 

3. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 24; experiment design and mission patches: David Livingstone School, Dufferin School, Ecole Garden Grove School, Ecole LaVarendrye School, Ecole Stanley Knowles School, Fort Rouge School, Grosvenor School, Lord Nelson School, Lord Selkirk School, Luxton School, Norquay School, Pinkham School, Strathcona School, Tyndall Park, Wellington School, Wolseley School; mission patches only: Glenelm School, Clifton School, Ralph Brown School, Sargent Park School, J.B. Mitchell School, Inkster School, King Edward Community School, Meadows West School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Winnipeg School Division

Magellan Aerospace, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Kristin Melnyk
krmelnyk@wsd1.org

Brad Corbett
bcorbett@wsd1.org

Christine Rhodes
crhodes@wsd1.org

 

4. Winfield, Alabama

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 3; experiment design and mission patches: Winfield City High School, Winfield Middle School; mission patches only: Winfield Elementary 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: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Winfield City Board of Education
Winfield City Middle School
Winfield City High School

State of Alabama Department of Education
Alabama Space Grant Consortium
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Space Camp
National Space Club Huntsville

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Candy Garner
cgarner@winfield.k12.al.us

 

5. Corcoran, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: John Muir Middle School; mission patches only: Brett Harte Elementary School, John C. Fremont Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 750 (grades 6-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 125

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Corcoran Unified School District
John Muir Middle School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Dave Whitmore
dwhitmore@corcoranunified.com

James Jay
jamesjay@corcoranunified.com

Judy Fierro
judyfierro@corcoranunified.com

 

6. Moreno Valley, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 3; experiment design and mission patches: Landmark Middle School, Vista Heights Middle School, Valley View High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 600 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 6-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Moreno Valley Unified School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Deepika Srivastava
dsrivastava@mvusd.net

 

7. Riverside, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design only: Mark Twain Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 350 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

Partner Institutions
Riverside Unified School District
Mark Twain Elementary School

Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Paula Allbeck
PAllbeck@rusd.k12.ca.us

Coretta Richardson
carichardson@rusd.k12.ca.us

Tiffany Speck
tspeck@rusd.k12.ca.us

 

8. Sanger, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Fairmont Elementary School, Sanger High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 320 (grades 5-8 and 11)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Sanger Unified School District
Farimont Elementary School
Sanger High School

California Space Grant Consortium
Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Charlene Griesner
charlene_griesner@sanger.k12.ca.us

Carmen Garvis
carmen_garvis@sanger.k12.ca.us

 

9. San Jose, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Discovery Charter School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 5-8)
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 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Discovery Charter School

Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Debby Perry
dperry@discoveryk8.org

Paula Simka
psimka@discoveryk8.org

 

10. Bridgeport, Connecticut – University of Bridgeport

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 8; experiment design only: University of Bridgeport; mission patches only: Discovery Interdistrict Magnet School, Theodore Roosevelt School, Bridgeport Military Academy, Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy, The Fairchild Wheeler Magnet Campus – The Biotech School, The Fairchild Wheeler Magnet Campus – The Engineering School, The Fairchild Wheeler Magnet Campus – The IT School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 40 (grades 13-16)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 10

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 4-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
University of Bridgeport

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Ruba Deeb
rubadeeb@bridgeport.edu

Jessica Nelson
jesnelso@bridgeport.edu

Jani Pallis
jpallis@bridgeport.edu

Nancy DeJarnette
Ndejarne@bridgeport.edu

 

11. Stamford, Connecticut

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 19; experiment design and mission patches: Stamford High School; mission patches only: Davenport Ridge School, Hart Magnet School, Julia A. Stark School, K.T. Murphy School, Newfield School, Northeast School, Rogers International School, Roxbury School, Springdale School, Stillmeadow School, Strawberry Hill School, Toquam School, Westover Magnet School, Cloonan Middle School, Dolan Middle School, Rippowam Middle School, Scofield Magnet School, Turn of River Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Stamford Public Schools
Stamford High School

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium
Peoples United Bank

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Sue Dougherty
SDougherty@StamfordCT.gov

 

12. Hillsborough County, Florida

Noteworthy: this is the fifth SSEP flight for Hillsborough County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: Barrington Middle School, Limona Elementary School, Lomax Elementary School, Randall Middle School; mission patches only: Lowry Elementary School, Hugo Schmidt Elementary School, Walden Lake Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 4200 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 541

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Sun Coast Federal Credit Union

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 11 to ISS
(see Mission 11 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 9 to ISS
(see Mission 9 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 7 to ISS
(see Mission 7 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 5 to ISS
(see Mission 5 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Mary Vaughn
Mary.Vaughn@sdhc.k12.fl.us

 

13. Port St. Lucie, Florida

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Renaissance Charter School at Tradition

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 525 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 105

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 3-5), (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Renaissance Charter School at Tradition

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Stacy Schmit
SSchmit@traditioncharter.org

Amanda Wilson
awilson@traditioncharter.org

 

14. Jackson County, Georgia

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 10; experiment design and mission patches: North Jackson Elementary School, South Jackson Elementary School, East Jackson Elementary School, West Jackson Elementary School, Maysville Elementary School, Gum Springs Elementary School, East Jackson Middle School, West Jackson Middle School; mission patches only: East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Jackson County Comprehensive High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 860 (grades 5, 7, and 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 172

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Jackson County School System

Georgia Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Amy C. Tinnell
atinnell@jcss.us

Deborah Riddleberger
driddleberger@jcss.us

 

15. Honolulu, Hawaii

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Punahou School – Academy; mission patches only: Punahou School – Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 90

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 6-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Punahou School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Wyeth Collo
wcollo@punahou.edu

 

16. Indianapolis, Indiana

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Saint Simon the Apostle Catholic School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 4-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades PK-K and 4-5), (grades 1-3 and 6-8)

Partner Institutions
St. Simon the Apostle School

Indiana Space Grant Consortium
Central Indiana Community Foundation
Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Holli Joyal
hollijoyal1701@gmail.com

Cathlene Darragh
cdarragh@saintsimon.org

Laura Mates
lmates@saintsimon.org

 

17. University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for the University System of Maryland

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design only: University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Charles H. Flowers High School; mission patches only: Frostburg State University, Towson University

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 30 (grades 13-16)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 10

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
UMD Fischell Department of Bioengineering
UMD Department of Physics
UMD Department of Computer Science
UMD College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
UMD Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
UMD Clark School of Engineerting

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 11 to ISS
(see Mission 11 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 10 to ISS
(see Mission 10 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments)

SSEP Community Program Director
Daniel Serrano
dsvolpe@umd.edu

 

18. Kalamazoo & Detroit – Michigan Archdiocese, Michigan

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Kalamazoo

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: St. Monica Catholic School, St. Fabian Catholic School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 4-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 65

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Detroit Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades PK-3), (grades 4-8)

Partner Institutions
St. Monica Catholic School
St. Fabian Catholic School

Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 6 to ISS
(see Mission 6 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Becky Reits
BReits@stmonicakzoo.org

Christina Sobolak
CSobolak@stfabian.org

 

19. East Orange, New Jersey

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: East Orange STEM Academy, East Orange Campus High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 475 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 100

Partner Institutions
East Orange School District
East Orange STEM Academy
East Orange Campus High School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Thelma Ramsey
t.ramsey@eastorange.k12.nj.us

Dr. Asha Parayanthal
a.parayanthal@eastorange.k12.nj.us

 

20. Galloway, New Jersey – Stockton University

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Galloway – Stockton University

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 27; experiment design and mission patches: Stockton University; mission patches only: Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT Tech), Absegami High School, Alder Ave Middle School, Avalon Elementary School, Brigantine School, Cedar Creek High School, Dawes Avenue School, Eagleswood Elementary School, Egg Harbor Township High School, Haddon Heights Elementary School, Hess Elementary School, Jordan Road School, Lakehurst Elementary School, Margate Elementary School, Nellie Bennett Elementary School, Northfield Community School, Oakcrest High School, Pinelands Regional Junior High School, Point Pleasant Beach High School, Port Republic School, Roland Rogers Elementary School, Shaner Elementary School, Smithville Elementary School, Southern Regional Middle School, Toms River Intermediate North, and William Davies Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 30 (grades 13-16)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 15

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-12), (grades 13-16)

Partner Institutions
Stockton University

Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 11 to ISS
(see Mission 11 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Peter Straub
Peter.Straub@stockton.edu

 

21. Springfield, New Jersey

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Springfield

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Jonathan Dayton High School, Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School, James Caldwell Elementary School, Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School; mission patches only: Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1200 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 200

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Springfield Public Schools

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 11 to ISS
(see Mission 11 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 9 to ISS
(see Mission 9 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Gregory Salmon
gsalmon@springfieldschools.com

 

22. Belen, New Mexico

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 6; experiment design and mission patches: Belen High School; mission patches only: H.T. Jaramillo Community School, Gil Sanchez Elementary School, La Promesa Elementary School, La Merced Elementary School, Belen Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 650 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 120

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-6), (grades 7-12)

Partner Institutions
Belen Consolidated School District
Belen High School

Professional Aerospace Contractors Association (PACA) of New Mexico
New Mexico Space Grant Consortium
Sandia
New Mexico Gas Company
Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Chelsey Servantes
ServantesC@beleneagles.org

Steve Boliver
bolivers@beleneagles.org

 

23. WNY STEM – Buffalo/Niagara, New York

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for WNY STEM – Buffalo/Niagara

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 13; experiment design and mission patches: Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School, Olean High School, Global Concepts Charter School, Research Laboratory Program for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at Bennett High School, Futures Preparatory Academy, Hamlin Park Claude & Ouida Clapp Academy, Harry F. Abate Elementary School, The King Urban Life Center, Lockport High School, Tonawanda Middle School, Wellsville Central School; mission patches only: Southside Elementary School, Metro CDC Delavan Grider Community Center

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 640 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 178

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
WNY STEM

National Grid
Praxair
Buffalo Teachers Federation
NASA New York Space Grant Consortium
Covanta
Cutco
Dresser-Rand Company, A Siemens Business
Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center
First Niagara Foundation
K-TECHnologies
Info Tech WNY
Olin
Siemens
STANYS Southwestern Section
STANYS Western Section
Turner Construction Company
Wendel
Cannon
Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 9 to ISS
(see Mission 9 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Michelle Kavanaugh
mkavanaugh@wnystem.org

Cherie Messore
cheriemessore.wnystem@gmail.com

 

24. Sumter, South Carolina

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: Alice Drive Middle School; mission patches only: Alice Drive Elementary School, Millwood Elementary School, Willow Drive Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 6 and 8)
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 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Sumter School District
Alice Drive Middle School

Central Carolina Community Foundation
Subaru of America, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jeannie Pressley
jeannie.pressley@sumterschools.net

Joshua Long
joshua.long@sumterschools.net

 

25. Knox County, Tennessee

Noteworthy: this is the fifth SSEP flight for Knox County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 19; experiment design and mission patches: Bearden Middle School, Beaumont Magnet Academy, Gresham Middle School, L&N STEM Academy, Northwest Middle School, Karns Elementary School; experiment design only: Career Magnet Academy, Carter Middle School, East Knox Elementary School, Farragut High School, Halls High School, Hardin Valley Elementary School, Hardin Valley Academy, Sequoyah Elementary, Shannondale Elementary, Vine Middle Magnet School, West Hills Elementary; mission patches only: Holston Middle School, Powell High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 20

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Knox County Public School System

University of Tennessee Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 11 to ISS
(see Mission 11 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 9 to ISS
(see Mission 9 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 7 to ISS
(see Mission 7 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments)

Mission 6 to ISS
(see Mission 6 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Brianna Fisher
brianna.fisher@knoxschools.org

Daphne Odom
daphne.odom@knoxschools.org

 

26. Brazosport, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 17; experiment design and mission patches: Clute Intermediate School, Grady Rasco Middle School, R O’Hara Lanier Middle School, Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy; mission patches only: Brazosport High School, Brazoswood High School, Lake Jackson Intermediate School, Freeport Intermediate School, Velasco Elementary School, O.M. Roberts Elementary, Gladys Polk Elementary, T.W. Ogg Elementary, Elisabet Ney Elementary, Madge Griffith Elementary, O.A. Fleming Elementary, Bess Brannen Elementary, A.P. Beutel Elementary

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 938 (grade 6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 145

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Brazosport Independent School District

Texas Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Stephanie Gay
stephanie.gay@brazosportisd.net

Melania Gutierrez
mgutierrez@brazosportisd.net

Jenna Clements
jenna.clements@brazosportisd.net

 

27. Burleson, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the fourth SSEP flight for Burleson

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 16; experiment design and mission patches: STEAM Elementary School, STEAM Middle School, Hughes Middle School, REALM @ Kerr, Kerr Middle School; mission patches only: Academy at Nola Dunn, Bransom School of the Arts, Brock Elementary School, Clinkscale Elementary School, Frazier Elementary School, Mound Leadership Academy, Norwood Elementary School, Taylor Elementary School, Hajek Elementary School, Centennial High School, Burleson High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 998 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 250

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Burleson Independent School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 11 to ISS
(see Mission 11 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 9 to ISS
(see Mission 9 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 7 to ISS
(see Mission 7 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Dr. Leslie K. Bender Jutzi
lbenderjutzi@bisdmail.net

Stacy Hughes
shughes@bisdmail.net

Seth Hickman
shickman@bisdmail.net

 

28. Ector County, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 8; experiment design and mission patches: George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa High School, Falcon Early College High School, Odessa High School; mission patches only: Gonzales Elementary School, Crockett Middle School, Bonham Middle School, Bowie Middle School, Odessa Career and Technical Early College High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,000 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 250

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Ector County Independent School District

Texas Space Grant Consortium
Education Foundation of Odessa

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jason Osborne
Jason.Osborne@ectorcountyisd.org

Gabriela Granado
Gabriela.Granado@ectorcountyisd.org

 

29. Fort Bend, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 8; experiment design and mission patches: Anne Sullivan Elementary School, Stephen F. Austin High School, Christa McAuliffe Middle School, John Foster Dulles High School, Lawrence E. Elkins High School, Fort Settlement Middle School, Quail Valley Middle School, Settlers Way Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 800 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 200

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Fort Bend Independent School District

Texas Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Brian Tucker
Brian.Tucker@fortbendisd.com

Troy Byrne
troy.byrne@fortbendisd.com

 

30. Pharr, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the fourth SSEP flight for Pharr

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 20; experiment design and mission patches: PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School; mission patches only: Vida N. Clover Elementary School, Aida C. Escobar Elementary School, Zeferino Farias Elementary School, Graciela Garcia Elementary School, Augusto Guerra Elementary School, Kelly-Pharr Elementary School, Santos Livas Elementary School, Raul Longoria Elementary School, Berta Palacios Elementary School, PSJA Early Start Pre-K School, Liberty Middle School, Audie Murphy Middle School, Raul Yzagirre Middle School, PSJA Southwest Early College High School, Sgt. Leonel Trevino Elementary School, Drs. Reed & Mock Elementary School, PSJA Elvis J. Ballew Early College High School, John McKeever Elementary School, Edith & Ethel Carman Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 9-11)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District
PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

Mission 11 to ISS
(see Mission 11 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 7 to ISS
(see Mission 7 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 4 to ISS
(see Mission 4 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Marisela Zepeda
marisela.zepeda@psjaisd.us

 

31. iForward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: iForward Middle School, iForward High School, Grantsburg Middle School, Grantsburg High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 320 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 6-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Grantsburg School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 12 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Billy Beesely
billy.beesley@iForwardWisconsin.com

Constance Quade
constance.quade@iForwardWisconsin.com

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.