Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 17 to ISS


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SSEP Mission 17 to ISS

Experiment Design Competition and Selection of Flight Experiments: Fall 2022
Flight to ISS: projected launch Spring/Summer 2023

 

The 37 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 17 to ISS – the 19th 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 17 to ISS community leadership project that across the network of 37 communities a minimum of  15,560 students will be fully engaged in experiment design, and a minimum of 2,390 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 17 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 335 schools in 18 States, 1 Canadian Province, and Ukraine are taking part in Mission 17 to ISS.

Mission 17 includes eight communities in New York; five in Texas; four in Florida; two in California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and one in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Four communities are focusing on university undergraduates – Grayslake, Illinois; the University System of Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and McKinney, Texas.

Many Mission 17 communities have participated in prior SSEP missions. Mission 17 is the:

  • tenth SSEP Mission for Hillsborough County, FL
  • ninth mission for Burleson, TX
  • seventh mission for the University System of Maryland
  • sixth mission for Moreno Valley, CA; Springfield, NJ; Buffalo/Niagara, NY; and iForward-Grantsburg, WI
  • fourth mission for Bandera, TX, and Ector County, TX
  • third mission for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • second mission for Ukraine; Ocala, FL; Lake Charles, LA; Albany, NY; Garden City, NY; Norwood, NY; Pickerington, OH; Erie, PA; and Texarkana, TX.

More generally, Mission 17 to ISS is made possible through the involvement of 1,500 Local Partner institutions, including school districts, corporate foundations, universities, community foundations, and companies, which are providing both underwriting and material and human resources. Partner institutions are listed for each community below.

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 Launch and On-orbit Operations History page to watch videos of every SSEP launch to date, and a list of all astronauts that have operated SSEP experiments on orbit. 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. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  2. Ukraine
  3. Phoenix, Arizona
  4. Glendora, California
  5. Moreno Valley, California
  6. Hillsborough County, Florida
  7. Ocala, Florida
  8. Osprey, Florida
  9. Viera, Florida
  10. Jonesboro, Georgia
  11. Grayslake, Illinois
  12. Lake Charles, Louisiana
  13. University System of Maryland, Maryland
  14. Westland, Michigan
  15. Edina, Minnesota
  16. Las Vegas, Nevada
  17. Camden, New Jersey
  18. Springfield, New Jersey
  19. Albany, New York
  20. Brooklyn, New York – BSEA
  21. Buffalo/Niagara, New York
  22. Garden City, New York
  23. Long Beach, New York
  24. Lynbrook, New York
  25. Norwood, New York
  26. Red Hook, New York
  27. Pickerington, Ohio
  28. Gervais, Oregon
  29. Erie, Pennsylvania
  30. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – CCAC
  31. Bandera, Texas
  32. Burleson, Texas
  33. Ector County, Texas
  34. McKinney, Texas
  35. Texarkana, Texas
  36. Renton, Washington
  37. iForward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin

 

1. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Edmonton

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 16; experiment design only: Avalon School, Dickinsfield School, Earl Buxton School, Kisêwâtisiwin School, McKernan School, Michael Strembitsky School, Queen Alexandra School, Stratford School, Thelma Chalifoux School; experiment design and mission patches: Parkview School mission patches only: James Gibbons School, Highlands School, Centennial School, Meadowlark Christian School, Aldergrove School, Soraya Hafez School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,000 (grades 6-9)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Edmonton Public School Board

Edmonton Community Foundation

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 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)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Betty Fu
Betty.Fu@epsb.ca

Melissa Skinner
Melissa.Skinner@epsb.ca

 

2. Ukraine

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Ukraine

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 12; experiment design and mission patches: Boryslav Secondary School No. 7, Lviv Region; Vinnytsia Regional Station of Young Naturalists, Vinnytsia Region; O.M. Boychenko Gymnasium No. 59, Kyiv; Specialized School-Lyceum No. 157, Kyiv; Dmytro Bakhmatiuk Kalush Lyceum, Ivano-Frankivsk region; Kharkiv Scientific Lyceum “Giftedness”, Kharkiv Region; Municipal Extracurricular Centre “Junior Academy of Sciences for Schoolchildren”, Dnipro Region; Taras Shevchenko Lyceum, Kirovohrad Region; Rivne Regional Scientific Lyceum, Rivne region; Ukrainian Physics and Mathematics Lyceum of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv; M. Ostrovsky Comprehensive Shepetivska secondary school No. 1, Khmelnytskyi region; mission patches only: Lyceum No. 142, Kyiv

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,000 (grades 9-11)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 150

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

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

Maryland Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

 

3. Phoenix, Arizona

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: Canyon Breeze Elementary School, Desert Horizon Elementary School, Desert Mirage Elementary School, Garden Lakes Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 350 (grade 5)
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
Pendergast Elementary School District #92

Arizona Space Grant Consortium, University of Arizona

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Dr. Gwyneth Marr
gmarr@pesd92.org

Catherine Linhardt
clindhardt@pesd92.org

 

4. Glendora, California

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Glendora High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 500 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Glendora Unified School District

Glendora Education Foundation

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Dr. Virginia Kelsen
vkelsen@glendora.k12.ca.us

Kristy Espino
kespino@glendora.k12.ca.us

 

5. Moreno Valley, California

Noteworthy: this is the sixth SSEP flight for Moreno Valley

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 11; experiment design and mission patches: Mountain View Middle School, Palm Middle School, Vista Heights Middle School, Canyon Springs High School, Moreno Valley High School, Valley View High School; mission patches only: Cloverdale Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Hendrick Ranch Elementary School, Towngate Elementary School, Badger Springs Middle 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: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grade 5), (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Moreno Valley Unified School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

 

6. Hillsborough County, Florida

Noteworthy: this is the tenth SSEP flight for Hillsborough County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 23; experiment design only: Bailey Elementary School, Belmont Elementary School, Carrollwood Elementary School, Cimino Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Mintz Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Ruskin Elementary School, Symmes Elementary School, Burns Middle School, Coleman Middle School, Farnell Middle School, Orange Grove Middle School, Progress Village Middle School, Rampello Downtown Partnership School, Randall Middle School, Stewart Middle School, Williams Middle School, Wharton Senior High School; mission patches only: Bevis Elementary School, Morgan Woods Elementary, Schwarzkopf Elementary School, Woodbridge Elementary School

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): 2 competitions; (grades K-5), (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Tampa Bay STEM Network

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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. Ocala, Florida

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Ocala

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: Reddick-Collier Elementary School, Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks, Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School, Howard Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Marion County Public Schools

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Stephen Ayres
stephen.ayres@marion.k12.fl.us

 

8. Osprey, Floria

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Pine View 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: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Pine View School for the Gifted

Pine View Association
School Advisory County

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Dylan Bell
dylan.bell@sarasotacountyschools.net

Marie Rosander
Marie.Rosander@sarasotacountyschools.net

 

9. Viera, Floria

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Pinecrest Academy Space Coast Elementary School, Pinecrest Academy Space Coast Middle 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): 1 competition; (grades K-8)

Partner Institutions
Pinecrest Academy Space Coast Charter School

Charles River Laboratories International

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors
Consuelo Kirk
ckirk@pinecrestspacecoast.com

Kelli Shar
KShar@pinecrestspacecoast.com

 

10. Jonesboro, Georgia

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 70; experiment design and mission patches: Kay R. Pace Elementary School Of The Arts, Michelle Obama STEM Elementary Academy, Oliver Elementary, West Clayton Elementary, Babb Middle School, Rex Mill Middle School, Mundy’s Mill Middle School, M.D Roberts Middle School, M.E Stillwell School of the Arts, Drew High School, Lovejoy High School, Elite Scholars Academy; mission patches only: Anderson Elementary, Arnold Elementary, Brown Elementary, Callaway Elementary, Church Street Elementary, East Clayton Elementary, Edmonds Elementary, Fountain Elementary, Harper Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, Haynie Elementary, Huie Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Kemp Elementary, Kemp Primary, Kilpatrick Elementary, King Elementary, Lake City Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Lee Street Elementary, Marshall Elementary, McGarrah Elementary, Morrow Elementary, Mt. Zion Elementary, Mt. Zion Primary, Northcutt Elementary, Pointe South Elementary, Riverdale Elementary, River’s Edge Elementary, Smith Elementary, Suder Elementary, Swint Elementary, Tara Elementary, Unidos Dual Language School, Utopian Academy for the Arts, White Academy Elementary, Adamson Middle School, , Forest Park Middle School, Jonesboro Middle School, Kendrick Middle School, Lovejoy Middle School, Morrow Middle School, North Clayton Middle School, Pointe South Middle School, Riverdale Middle School, Sequoyah Middle School, Unidos Dual Language School, White Academy, 7 Pillars Career Academy, Elite Scholars Academy, Forest Park High School, Jonesboro High School, Perry Learning Center, Morrow High School, Mt. Zion High School, Mundy’s Mill High School, North Clayton High School, Riverdale High 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: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Clayton County Public School District

Georgia Aquarium
Georgia State University

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Janetta Greenwood
janetta.greenwood@clayton.k12.ga.us

Tameaka McKinney
tameaka.mckinney@clayton.k12.ga.us

 

11. Grayslake, Illinois

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: College of Lake County

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): 1 competition; (grades 13-16)

Partner Institutions
College of Lake County

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jeanine Seitz
JSeitzPartridge@clcillinois.edu

Cynthia Trombino
BI0563@CLCILLINOIS.EDU

 

12. Lake Charles, Louisiana

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Lake Charles

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 3; experiment design and mission patches: F. K. White Middle School, S. J. Welsh Middle School; experiment design only: Oak Park Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 315 (grades 6-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

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
Jefferson Davis Parish
Vernon Parish
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
Chennault International Airport
CITGO
City of Lake Charles
Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
KPLC-TV
McNeese State University
Phillips 66
PPG Chemical
REC Foundation
Sasol
SOWELA Technical Community College
SWLA Economic Development Alliance
United Way of Southwest Louisiana
Westlake Chemical

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Director
Mark Arseneault
mark.arseneault@cpsb.org

Daren Dotson
daren.dotson@cpsb.org

 

13. University System of Maryland, Maryland

Noteworthy: this is the seventh SSEP flight for USM

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: DuVal High School, University of Maryland College Park; mission patches only: Salisbury 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): TBD competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
University System of Maryland
University of Maryland College Park
Salisbury University
Towson University
Duval High School

CASIS “Leveraging The ISS National Lab to Enable Digital Engagement and Higher Education” Grant
University of Maryland College Park Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 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)

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-Directors
Daniel Serrano
dsvolpe@umd.edu

Taylor Bartlow
tbartlow@terpmail.umd.edu

Jason Hipkins
hipkinsj@umd.edu

 

14. Westland, Michigan

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Walker-Winter Elementary School, Franklin Middle School, Stevenson Middle School; experiment design only: John Glenn High School; mission patches only: Hicks Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 200 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Wayne-Westland Community School District

Lawrence Technological University, Marburger STEM Center
Eastern Michigan University
University of Michigan – Dearborn
Wayne RESA
Array of Engineers

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Amy Bidne de Barahona
BidneA@wwcsd.net

Karen Dickelman
dickelmank@wwcsd.net

 

15. Edina, Minnesota

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 9; experiment design and mission patches: Concord Elementary School, Cornelia Elementary School, Creek Valley Elementary School, Highlands Elementary School, South View Middle School, Valley View Middle School, Edina High School; mission patches only: Countryside Elementary School, Normandale French Immersion 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: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Edina Public Schools

Edina Education Fund
University of Minnesota: Twin Cities

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Dr. Randy Smasal
Randy.Smasal@edinaschools.org

Jody De St. Hubert
Jody.DeStHubert@edinaschools.org

 

16. Las Vegas, Nevada

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Pinecrest Academy of Nevada – St. Rose

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 248 (grades 5 and 8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Pinecrest Academy of Nevada

Pinecrest Academy St. Rose
The Sapience
Truman Orthodontics
Premier Martial Arts
Great Knights Chess
Horace Mann
The Coder School
Desert Research Institute

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jon Haskel
Jon.Haskel@pinecrestnv.org

Amy Barbine
amy.barbine@pinecrestnv.org

 

17. Camden, New Jersey

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: Camden’s Promise Charter School; mission patches only: Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School, Camden’s pride Charter School, Camden Academy Charter High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 5-9)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades K-12)

Partner Institutions
Camden’s Charter School Network Community

Camden’s Promise Charter School
Camden Academy Charter High School
Camden’s Pride Charter School
Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Dr. Joseph Conway
jconway@camdencsn.org

 

18. Springfield, New Jersey

Noteworthy: this is the sixth SSEP flight for Springfield

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 343 (grades 7-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 80

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Springfield Public Schools

Springfield Board of Education

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 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 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

 

19. Albany, New York

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Albany

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 3; experiment design and mission patches: North Albany Middle School, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, William S. Hackett Middle School

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): 1 competition; (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
City School District of Albany, New York

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and and flight mission patches)

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

 

20. Brooklyn, New York – BSEA

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy; mission patches only: P.S. 244, The Richard R. Green School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 150 (grades 5-7)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Brooklyn Science & Engineering Academy

Richard R. Green Elementary School
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Angela DeFilippis
ADefilippis@schools.nyc.gov

Matthew Campbell
MCampbell13@schools.nyc.gov

 

21. Buffalo/Niagara, New York

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

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 3; experiment design and mission patches: Wellsville Central School, Lockport High School; experiment design only: Olean High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 80 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 20

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Wellsville Secondary School

Olean City School District
Lockport Central School District
Wellsville Central School District
Alfred University
Corning, Inc.
Moog, Inc.
St. Bonaventure University

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 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)

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

 

22. Garden City, New York

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Garden City

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: Garden City Middle School; mission patches only: Garden City High School, Stewart School, Stratford School, Hemlock School, Homestead School, Locust School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 311 (grade 7)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 65

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-6), (grades 7-12)

Partner Institutions
Garden City Union Free School District

Garden City Middle School
Garden City PTA
Garden City Friends of STEM

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Elena Cascio
cascioe@gcufsd.net

Christine Lebenns
lebennsc@gcufsd.net

 

23. Long Beach, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 6; experiment design and mission patches: Long Beach Middle School; mission patches only: East Elementary, Lido Elementary, Lindell Elementary, West Elementary, Long Beach high School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 235 (grade 6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 70

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Long Beach Public Schools

Long Beach Middle School
Long Beach Central Council PTA

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Cristie Tursi
ctursi@lbeach.org

Lorie Beard
lbeard@lbeach.org

Janna Ostroff
jostroff@lbeach.org

 

24. Lynbrook, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: Lynbrook Senior High School, Lynbrook North Middle School, Lynbrook South Middle School; mission patches only: West End Elementary School, Waverly Park Elementary School, Marion Street Elementary School, Lynbrook Kindergarten Center

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 6-9)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades TBD), (grades TBD)

Partner Institutions
Lynbrook Union Free School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Chuck Vessalico
Charles.Vessalico@LynbrookSchools.org

Dr. Melissa Burak
Melissa.burak@lynbrookschools.org

 

25. Norwood, New York

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Norwood

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 35; experiment design and mission patches: Norwood-Norfolk High School, Potsdam Middle School, Potsdam High School, Harrisville High School, Canton Central Middle School, Parishville-Hopkinton High School, Brasher Falls High School; mission patches only: Nightengale Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, Massena Middle School, Massena High School, Parishville-Hopkinton High School, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Lawrence Avenue Elementary School, AA Kingston Middle School, Potsdam High School, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Edwards-Knox Elementary School, Edwards-Knox High School, Gouverneur Elementary School, Gouverneur Middle School, Gouverneur High School, Heuvelton Central School, Herman-DeKalb Central School, Morristown Central School, Hammond Central School, Lisbon Central School, Clifton-Fine Central School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Grant C. Madill Elementary School, Ogdensburg Free Academy, Hammond Central School District, Lisbon Central School District, Clifton-Fine Central School District, Ogdensburg City School District

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (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
Corning Incorporated

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Kathleen Kavanaugh
kkavanag@clarkson.edu

Seema Rivera
riveras@clarkson.edu

 

26. Red Hook, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Red Hook High School; Linden Avenue Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 400 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 80

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Red Hook Central School District

Red Hook High School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Deborah Beam
dbeam@rhcsd.org

 

27. Pickerington, Ohio

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Pickerington

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 14; experiment design and mission patches: Pickerington High School Central, Pickerington High School North, Diley Middle School, Harmon Middle School, Toll Gate Middle School, Lakeview Junior High School, Ridgeview STEM Junior High School; mission patches only: Fairfield Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Pickerington Elementary School, Sycamore Creek Elementary School, Toll Gate Elementary School, Tussing Elementary School, Violet Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1000 (grades TBD)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 300

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-6), (grades 7-12)

Partner Institutions
Pickerington Local School District

Pickerington Local School District Department of Teaching and Learning
Pickerington City Council
Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce
Violet Township
Fairfield County Foundation
Ohio Health

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Carla Fultz
carla_Fultz@plsd.us

Anna Meyer
anna_meyer@plsd.us

 

28. Gervais, Oregon

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Gervais High School, Gervais Middle School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 276 (grades 8-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Gervais School District

McGrath’s Fish House
McLaren Auction Services
Home Again Antiques

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
April Joy-Koer
april_joy-koer@gervais.k12.or.us

Andrew Aman
Andrew_Aman@gervais.k12.or.us

Toni Johnson
Toni_Johnson@gervais.k12.or.us

 

29. Erie, Pennsylvania

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Erie

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Iroquois Elementary School, Iroquois Junior/Senior High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 400 (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-6), (grades 7-12)

Partner Institutions
Iroquois School District

Iroquois School District Foundation
Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach at Penn State Behrend

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

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

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jennifer Foutz
jfoutz@iroquois.iu5.org

Shane Murray
smurray@iroquois.iu5.org

 

30. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – CCAC

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: 60 (grades TBD)
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
Community College of Allegheny County

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Justin Starr
jstarr@ccac.edu

 

31. Bandera, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the fourth SSEP flight for Bandera

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

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): 1 competition; (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Bandera Independent School District

Bandera Middle School
San Antonio Area Foundation
Texas Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

Jennifer Tobler
jtobler@banderaisd2.net

 

32. Burleson, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the ninth SSEP flight for Burleson

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 15; experiment design and mission patches: Nick Kerr Middle School, Hughes Middle School, STEAM Middle School, Game Development and Design Middle School; mission patches only: Academy at Nola Dunn Elementary School, Academy of the Arts at Bransom, Brock Elementary School, Clinkscale Elementary School, Frazier Elementary School, Hajek Elementary School, Norwood Elementary School,
STEAM at Stribling Elementary School, Taylor Elementary School, Burleson High School, Centennial High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 310 (grade 6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-5), (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Burleson Independent School District

Hughes Middle School
Nick Kerr Middle School
Game Development and Design School
STEAM Middle School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

Sandi Parsons
Sandi.parsons@bisdmail.net

 

33. Ector County, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the fourth SSEP flight for Ector County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 41; experiment design and mission patches: Hays STEAM Academy, University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) STEM Academy, George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa; mission patches only: Alamo STEAM Academy, Austin Montessori Elementary School, Blackshear Magnet Elementary School, Blanton Elementary School, Buice Elementary School, Burleson Elementary School, Burnet Elementary School, Cameron Elementary School, Cavazos Elementary School, Dowling Elementary School, E.K. Downing Elementary School, Fly Elementary School, Goliad Elementary School, Gonzales Elementary School, Ireland Elementary School, Johnson Elementary School, Jordan Elementary School, Milam Elementary School, Noel Elementary School, Pease Elementary School, Reagan Elementary School, Ross Elementary School, Sam Houston Elementary School, San Jacinto Elementary School, Travis Elementary School, West Elementary School, Zavala Elementary School, Bonham Middle School, Bowie Middle School, Crockett Middle School, Ector College Prep Success Academy, Nimitz Middle School, Wilson & Young Middle School, OCTECHS, Odessa Collegiate Academy, Odessa High School, Permian High School, Transition Learning Center

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 360 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 48

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-5), (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Ector County Independent School District

Kepler Aerospace
H-E-B
Education Foundation
Chevron
PICK Education
Midland College
University of Texas Permian Basin

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 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
Kristin Whittenburg
Kristin.Whittenburg@ectorcountyisd.org

Griselda Flores
griselda.flores@ectorcountyisd.org

 

34. McKinney, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Collin College

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): 2 competitions; (grades 9-12), (grades 13-16)

Partner Institutions
Collin College

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Dawn Richardson, PhD
drichardson@collin.edu

Kristen Streater, PhD
kstreater@collin.edu

 

35. Texarkana, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Texarkana

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 10; experiment design and mission patches: Texas Middle School, Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary; mission patches only: Texas High School, Waggoner Creek Elementary, Wake Village Elementary, Westlawn Elementary, Nash Elementary, Spring Lake Park Elementary, Theron Jones Early Literacy Center, Highland Park Elementary

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): 2 competitions; (grades K-5), (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Texarkana Independent School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Lakesha Taylor
lakesha.taylor@txkisd.net

Emily Burns
emily.burns@txkisd.net

Jennifer Sells
Jennifer.Sells@txkisd.net

 

36. Renton, Washington

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: Renton High School, Hazen High School; experiment design only: Risdon Middle School, Dimmitt Middle School, McKnight Middle School; mission patches only: Talley High School, Lindbergh High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 6-12)
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
Renton School District

Renton Schools Foundation

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Mitchell Smith
Mitchell.smith@rentonschools.us

Woody Sobey
ted.sobey@rentonschools.us

 

37. iFoward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin

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

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: iForward Schools

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): 2 competitions; (grades K-7), (grades 8-12)

Partner Institutions
Grantsburg School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 17 to ISS

Mission 16 to ISS
(see Mission 16 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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 Director
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.