Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 16 to ISS


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SSEP Mission 16 to ISS

Experiment Design Competition and Selection of Flight Experiments: Fall 2021
Flight to ISS: projected launch Spring/Summer 2022

 

The 24 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 16 to ISS – the 18th 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 16 to ISS community leadership project that across the network of 24 communities a minimum of 13,100 students will be fully engaged in experiment design, and a minimum of 2,200 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 16 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  TBD schools in 11 States, 1 Canadian Province, and the Ukraine are taking part in Mission 16 to ISS. Mission 16 includes four communities in Texas; three in California, Florida and New York; two in Michigan and New Jersey and one in Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin. One community is focusing on university undergraduates – the University System of Maryland. Mission 16 is the ninth SSEP Mission for Hillsborough County, Florida; the eighth mission for Burleson, Texas; the sixth mission for the University System of Maryland; the fifth mission for Buffalo/Niagara, New York and iForward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin; the third mission for Bandera, Texas and Ector County, Texas; and the second mission for Coquitlam, British Columbia, Redlands, California and Harper Woods, Michigan.

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.

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  1. Ukraine
  2. Coquitlam, British Columbia
  3. Moreno Valley, California
  4. Periis, California
  5. Redlands, California
  6. Hillsborough County, Florida
  7. Manatee County, Florida
  8. Ocala, Florida
  9. Lake Charles, Louisiana
  10. University System of Maryland, Maryland
  11. Grand Blanc, Michigan
  12. Harper Woods, Michigan
  13. Hoboken, New Jersey
  14. Albany, New York
  15. Buffalo/Niagara, New York
  16. Garden City, New York
  17. Norwood, New York
  18. Pickerington, Ohio
  19. Bandera, Texas
  20. Burleson, Texas
  21. Ector County, Texas
  22. Texarkana, Texas
  23. Bellingham, Washington
  24. iForward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin

 

1. Ukraine

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 500 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 300

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
European Junior Academy of Sciences

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Yevhen Kudriavets
yk@man.gov.ua

 

2. Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Coquitlam

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 3,000 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 300

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
School District 43 (Coquitlam)

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

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

SSEP Community Program Directors
Stephen Whiffin
SWhiffin@sd43.bc.ca

Michelle Ciolfitto
MCiolfitto@sd43.bc.ca

 

3. Moreno Valley, California

Noteworthy: this is the fifth SSEP flight for Moreno Valley

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

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): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Moreno Valley Unified School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 15 to ISS
(see Mission 15 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 14 to ISS
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 13 to ISS
(see Mission 13 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 12 to ISS
(see Mission 12 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Amna Ahmad
aahmad@mvusd.net

 

4. Perris, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 280 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Val Verde Unified School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Doug Henderson
dhenderson@valverde.edu

Lori Day
lday@valverde.edu

 

5. Redlands, California

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Redlands

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 900 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 300

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Redlands Unified School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 14 to ISS
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

 

6. Hillsborough County, Florida

Noteworthy: this is the ninth SSEP flight for Hillsborough County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 2,200 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Hillsborough County Public Schools

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 15
(see Mission 15 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 14
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 13 to ISS
(see Mission 13 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 12 to ISS
(see Mission 12 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

 

7. Manatee County, Florida

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 8-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
School District of Manatee County

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Brittany Devlin
devlinb@manateeschools.net

Jennifer McManis
mcmanisj@manateeschools.net

 

8. Ocala, Florida

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Marion County Public Schools

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Sarah Byrd Tierney
Sarah.Tierney@marion.k12.fl.us

Elizabeth Lazar
elizabeth.lazar@marion.k12.fl.us

 

9. Lake Charles, Louisiana

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 315 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 52

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) Regional STEM Center
Allen Parish
Beauregard Parish
Calcasieu Parish
Cameron Parish
Jeff Davis Parish
Vernon Parish

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Mark Arseneault
mark.arseneault@cpsb.org

Pam Helms
pam.helms@cpsb.org

 

10. University System of Maryland, Maryland

Noteworthy: this is the sixth SSEP flight for USM

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

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): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

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

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 14 to ISS
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments)

Mission 13 to ISS
(see Mission 13 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments)

Mission 12 to ISS
(see Mission 12 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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 Co-Director
Nicole Catanzarese
ncatanz@terpmail.umd.edu

Daniel Serrano
dsvolpe@umd.edu

 

11. Grand Blanc, Michigan

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 104 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Grand Blanc Community Schools
Perry Innovation Center

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Karen Cormany
kcormany@gbcs.org

Amber Hall
ahall@gbcs.org

 

12. Harper Woods, Michigan

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Harper Woods

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

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): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Chandler Park Academy School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 14 to ISS
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Audrey Richardson
richardsona@chandlerparkacademy.net

 

13. Hoboken, New Jersey

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 20

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Hoboken Public School District
Hoboken High School
Hoboken Middle School

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Jin Park
jin.park@hoboken.k12.nj.us

Robin Baskinger
robin.baskinger@hoboken.k12.nj.us

 

14. Albany, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

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

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
City School District of Albany

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Amanda Powers
apowers@albany.k12.ny.us

 

15. Buffalo/Niagara, New York

Noteworthy: this is the fifth SSEP flight for Buffalo/Niagara

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Wellsville Secondary School
Wellsville Central School District
Olean City School District
Lockport City School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 14 to ISS
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 13 to ISS
(see Mission 13 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 12 to ISS
(see Mission 12 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
Ross Munson
rmunson@wlsv.org

 

16. Garden City, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 276 (grade 7)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Garden City Union Free School District
Garden City Middle School

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Elena Cascio
cascioe@gcufsd.net

Christine Lebens
lebenns@gcufsd.net

 

17. Norwood, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 250 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 40

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Clarkson University
Norwood-Norfolk School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Kathleen Kavanaugh
kkavanag@clarkson.edu

Seema Rivera
riveras@clarkson.edu

 

18. Pickerington, Ohio

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 180 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Pickerington Local School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Carla Fultz
carla_Fultz@plsd.us

Brian Seymour
brian_seymour@plsd.us

 

19. Bandera, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Bandera

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 6-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Bandera Independent School District
Bandera Middle School

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 15
(see Mission 15 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 14
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Patrick Sizemore
psizemore@banderaisd2.net

Debra Foster
dfoster@banderaisd2.net

 

20. Burleson, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the eighth SSEP flight for Burleson

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 985 (grade 6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 250

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Burleson Independent School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 15
(see Mission 15 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 14
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 13 to ISS
(see Mission 13 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 12 to ISS
(see Mission 12 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

Stacy Hughes
shughes@bisdmail.net

 

21. Ector County, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Ector County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 500 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Ector County Independent School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 13 to ISS
(see Mission 13 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 12 to ISS
(see Mission 12 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Directors
Kristin Whittenburg
Kristin.Whittenburg@ectorcountyisd.org

Mary Fulton
Mary.Fulton@ectorcountyisd.org

Jason Osborne
Jason.Osborne@ectorcountyisd.org

 

22. Texarkana, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 550 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 105

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Texarkana Independent School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Todd Marshall
todd.marshall@txkisd.net

Emily Burns
Emily.Burns@txkisd.net

 

23. Bellingham, WA

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 240 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Lummi Nation School
Lummi Nation Reservation

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Gary Brandt
Gary.Brandt@lummi-k12.org

Andrew Rodrigues
andy,Rodrigues@lummi-k12.org

 

24. iFoward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Noteworthy: this is the fifth SSEP flight for iFoward-Grantsburg

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: TBD; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 400 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Grantsburg School District

TBD

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 16 to ISS

Mission 15
(see Mission 15 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 14
(see Mission 14 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 13 to ISS
(see Mission 13 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 12 to ISS
(see Mission 12 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
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.