Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 18 to ISS


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SSEP Mission 18 to ISS

Experiment Design Competition and Selection of Flight Experiments: Fall 2023
Flight to ISS: projected launch Spring/Summer 2024

 

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 18 to ISS – the 20th 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 18 to ISS community leadership project that across the network of 37 communities a minimum of  15,000 students will be fully engaged in experiment design, and a minimum of 2,450 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 18 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 297 schools in 16 States, 2 Canadian Provinces, and the Ukraine are taking part in Mission 18 to ISS (with 6 communities still to report).

Mission 18 includes seven communities in Texas; five in New York; three in California and Ohio; two in Arizona and Colorado; and one in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Ten communities are focusing on university undergraduates – Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Athens, Ohio; Kent, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Columbia, South Carolina; and Houston, Texas.

Many Mission 18 communities have participated in prior SSEP missions. Mission 18 is the:

  • eleventh mission for Hillsborough County, FL
  • tenth mission for Burleson, TX
  • seventh mission for Moreno Valley, CA and iForward-Grantsburg, WI
  • fourth mission for Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • third mission for Ukraine; Albany, NY; Garden City, NY; Pickerington, OH and Texarkana, TX
  • second mission for Glendora, CA; Edina, MN; Long Beach, NY; Red Hook, NY and Pittsburgh, PA – CCAC

More generally, Mission 18 to ISS is made possible through the involvement of 93 Local Partner institutions (with two communities still to report), 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 2 NASA Space Grant Consortia at lead universities, including: Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and; Virginia Space Grant Consortium at Old Dominion University.

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. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  2. Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  3. Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  4. Ukraine
  5. Mesa, Arizona
  6. Tolleson, Arizona
  7. Glendora, California
  8. Lamont, California
  9. Moreno Valley, California
  10. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  11. Loveland, Colorado
  12. Hillsborough County, Florida
  13. Viera, Florida
  14. Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  15. Oak Park, Michigan
  16. Edina, Minnesota
  17. Albany, New York
  18. Garden City, New York
  19. Long Beach, New York
  20. North Tonawanda, New York
  21. Red Hook, New York
  22. Grand Forks, North Dakota
  23. Athens, Ohio
  24. Kent, Ohio
  25. Pickerington, Ohio
  26. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – CCAC
  27. Columbia, South Carolina
  28. Arlington, Texas
  29. Burleson, Texas
  30. Houston, Texas
  31. Plano, Texas
  32. San Antonio, Texas
  33. Texarkana, Texas
  34. Waxahachie, Texas
  35. Sandy, Utah
  36. Chesapeake, Virginia
  37. iForward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin

 

1. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Noteworthy: this is the fourth SSEP flight for Edmonton

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 22; experiment design and mission patches: Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour School, Laurier Heights School; experiment design only: Avalon School, Edmonton Christian West School, Grandview Heights School, McLeod School, McKernan School, Michael Strembitsky School, Parkview School, Queen Alexandra School; mission patches only: Brander Gardens School, Westbrook School, Highlands School, Soraya Hafez School, Virginia Park School, Svend Hansen School, Homesteader School, Nellie Carlson School, James Gibbons School, Pollard Meadows School, LaPerle School, Dovercourt 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: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-4), (grades 5-9)

Partner Institutions
Edmonton Public School Board

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 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)

SSEP Community Program Directors

Betty Fu
Betty.Fu@epsb.ca

Wendy Lam
wendy.lam@epsb.ca

 

2. Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 4; experiment design and mission patches: Guelph Lake Public School, Alma Public School, Rickson Ridge Public School, Maryborough Public 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: 35

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades 5-8)

Partner Institutions
Upper Grand District School Board

University of Guelph

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Charles Benyair
Charles.Benyair@ugdsb.on.ca

Glenn Wagner
glennwagnerphd@gmail.com

 

3. Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: Queen’s University; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 15-16)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades 7-12)

Partner Institutions
Queen’s University

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Klodiana Kolomitro
kk78@queensu.ca

 

4. Ukraine

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Ukraine

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 60; experiment design and mission patches: AISU, Akademichnyi litsei “Ievropeiskyi” Lubenskoi miskoi rady Lubenskoho raionu Poltavskoi oblasti, Akademichnyi litsei №4 Obukhivskoi miskoi rady Kyivskoi oblasti, Akademiia Suchasnoi Osvity A+ «Respublika Kids», Buchanskyi litsei 4, Varaskyi litsei N6, Varaskoi miskoi rady, Vinnytska oblasna stantsiia yunykh naturalistiv, Vinnytska pryvatna himnaziia “Delfin”, Vinnytskyi litsei № 12, Dniprovskyi litsei № 31 Dniprovskoi miskoi rady, Yelanetskyi litsei №1 Yelanetskoi selyshchnoi rady, Voznesenskoho raionu, Mykolaivskoi oblasti, Zaklad pozashkilnoi osvity “Tsentr naukovo-tekhnichnoi tvorchosti molodi Polit” Zaporizkoi miskoi rady , Zaporizkyi tekhnichnyi litsei Zaporizkoi miskoi rady Zaporizkoi oblasti, Kyivskyi fakhovyi koledzh turyzmu ta hotelnoho hospodarstva, Komunalnyi pozashkilnyi navchalnyi zaklad “Mala akademiia nauk uchnivskoi molodi” Dnipropetrovskoi oblasnoi rady”, Komunalnyi zaklad “Vinnytskyi fizyko-matematychnyi litsei №17”, Komunalnyi zaklad “Liubotynskyi mystetskyi litsei “Dyvosvit”” Kharkivskoi oblasnoi rady, Komunalnyi zaklad “Kharkivskyi litsei № 47 Kharkivskoi miskoi rady”, Komunalnyi zaklad “Kharkivskyi litsei №131” Kharkivskoi miskoi rady, Komunalnyi zaklad “Kharkivskyi naukovyi litsei “Obdarovanist!”” Kharkivskoi oblasnoi rady, Komunalnyi zaklad «Litsei «Viktoriia-P» Kropyvnytskoi miskoi rady», Komunalnyi zaklad «Kharkivskyi litsei №108 Kharkivskoi miskoi rady», Komunalnyi zaklad zahalnoi serednoi osvity «Lutskyi litsei №27 Lutskoi miskoi rady», Komunalnyi zaklad osvity “Dniprovskyi litsei informatsiinykh tekhnolohii pry Dniprovskomu natsionalnomu universyteti imeni Olesia Honchara” Dniprovskoi miskoi rady, Komunalnyi zaklad Kharkivskyi litsei 93 Kharkivskoi miskoi rady, Kosivskyi litsei №1 imeni Yaroslava Mudroho Kosivskoi miskoi rady Kosivskoho raionu Ivano-Frankivskoi oblasti, Kryvorizkyi litsei №129, Litsei imeni Tarasa Shevchenka, Kropyvnytskoi miskoi rady, Litsei Olhynskyi, Mizhnarodna ukrainsska shkola “Union” Vrotslav, Polsha,, Navchalno-vykhovnyi kompleks «Dominanta», Novovolynskyi naukovyi litsei Volynskoi oblasnoi rady, Oblasnyi naukovyi litsei v m. Rivne Rivnenskoi oblasnoi rady, Opornyi zaklad osvity “Kalynivskyi akademichnyi litsei – osvitnii tsentr”, Petropavlivskyi litsei №2, PP “Navchalnyi zaklad “Ievropeiskyi kolehium”, TOV “PNZ “Ievropeiskyi kolehium”, PRYVATNA ORHANIZATsIIa (USTANOVA, ZAKLAD) «ZAKLAD ZAHALNOI SEREDNOI OSVITY «MIZhNARODNYI LITsEI HLOBUS» M. KYIeVA, PRYVATNYI ZAKLAD “ZAHALNOI SEREDNOI OSVITY “IT STEP SKUL POLTAVA”, Pryvatnyi zaklad zahalhoi serednoi osvity “AI TI STEP SKUL KYIV”, Pryvatnyi zaklad zahalnoi serednoi osvity “Dniprovskyi litsei “IT STEP SKUL DNIPRO” Dnipropetrovskoi oblasti”, PRYVATNYI ZAKLAD ZAHALNOI SEREDNOI OSVITY “IT STEP SKUL ZAPORIZhZhIa”, PRYVATNYI ZAKLAD ZAHALNOI SEREDNOI OSVITY “IT STEP SKUL KREMENChUK”, PRYVATNYI ZAKLAD ZAHALNOI SEREDNOI OSVITY “IT STEP SKUL ODESA”, Pryvatnyi zaklad zahalnoi serednoi osvity “Rivnenskyi litsei “IT Step Skul””, PRYVATNYI ZAKLAD ZAHALNOI SEREDNOI OSVITY KRYVORIZKYI LITsEI “IT STEP SKUL KRYVYI RIH” DNIPROPETROVSKOI OBLASTI, Pryvatnyi zaklad zahalnoi serednoi osvity litsei “IT STEP SKUL LVIV”, Pryvatnyi zaklad zahalnoi serednoi osvity litsei “IT STEP SKUL TERNOPIL”, PRYVATNYI ZAKLAD OSVITY “SINKHLOBAL”, Rivnenskyi litsei 12 Rivnenskoi miskoi rady , Serednia zahalnoosvitnia shkola № 34 imeni Markiiana Shashkevycha, TOVARYSTVO Z OBMEZhENOIu VIDPOVIDALNISTIu «PRYVATNYI LITsEI «AI TI STEP SKUL ZhYTOMYR», Skolivsky Secondary School I-III degrees No. 2 named after Stefaniia Vitruk with support School To Go, Kharkivskyi litsei № 54, Kharkivskyi litsei №82 Kharkivskoi miskoi rady , Khotynskyi opornyi akademichnyi litsei, Tsentr dystantsiinoi osvity “Dzherelo”, Cherkaskyi fizyko-matematychnyi litsei (FIMLI), Chernivetska himnaziia №17 Chernivetskoi miskoi rady, Chernihivskyi oblasnyi naukovyi litsei Chernihivskoi oblasnoi rady, Shkola I-III stupeniv nomer 25 Shevchenkivskoho raionu mista Kyieva

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,000 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 150

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Nova Ukraine

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

SSEP Community Program Directors

Dr. Yevhen Kudriavets
yevhen.kudriavets@mon.gov.ua

Yana Cheishvili
ym@man.gov.ua

 

5. Mesa, Arizona

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 8; experiment design and mission patches: Red Mountain High School STEM Institute, K-8 STEM Academy at Red Mountain Ranch, Mendoza Elementary School, Zaharis Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School; experiment design only: Las Sendas Elementary School; mission patches only: Mesa Academy of Advanced Studies
Salk Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 400 (grades 4-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Mesa Public Schools

Red Mountain STEM Institute
Honeywell Aerospace Technology

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Shane Bycott
sabycott@mpsaz.org

 

6. Tolleson, Arizona

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Dos Rios Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 150 (grades 7-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Union Elementary School District 62

21st Century Grant – Title 1 School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Saima Afroze
SAfroze@uesd.org

Renee Estrella-Chavez
restrella-chavez@uesd.org

 

7. Glendora, California

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Glendora

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 9; experiment design and mission patches: Glendora High School; mission patches only: Whitcomb High School, Sandburg Middle School, Goddard Middle School, Cullen Elementary School, La Fetra Elementary School, Sellers Elementary School, Stanton Elementary School, Sutherland Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 10

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades 4-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Glendora Unified School District

Glendora Education Foundation

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Directors

Dr. Jennifer Prince
jprince@glendora.k12.ca.us

Kristy Espino
kespino@glendora.k12.ca.us

 

8. Lamont, California

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 125 (grades 7-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades 7-8)

Partner Institutions
Mt. View Middle School
Lamont Elementary School District

Allen and Carol Price

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Aaron Kelly
akelly@lesd.us

Maria Ozuna
mozuna@lesd.us

 

9. Moreno Valley, California

Noteworthy: this is the seventh SSEP flight for Moreno Valley

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 24; experiment design and mission patches: Bayside Community Day School, Landmark Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Vista Heights Middle School, Valley View High School; mission patches only: Bear Valley Elementary School, Butterfield Elementary School, Cloverdale Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, Hendrick Ranch Elementary School, Hidden Springs Elementary School, Ridge Crest Elementary School, Serrano Elementary School, Sugar Hill Elementary School, Sunnymead Elementary School, Sunnymeadows Elementary School, Serrano Elementary School, Towngate Elementary School, Badger Springs Middle School, Palm Middle School, Sunnymead Middle School, Canyon Springs High School, Moreno Valley High School, Vista del Lago High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 500 (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 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

 

10. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 10; experiment design and mission patches: Pikes Peak State College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; mission patches only: Skyway Park Elementary School, Thrive Home School Academy, Harrison High School, Mitchel High School, Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, Watson Junior High, Widefield High School, Village High 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: 10

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

The Space Foundation
Academy School District 20
Colorado Springs School District 11
Cheyenne Mountain School District 12
Harrison School District 2
Widefield District 3

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Lynnane George
lgeorge2@uccs.edu

McKenna Lovejoy
McKenna.Lovejoy@ppcc.edu

 

11. Loveland, Colorado

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: High Plains School K-8

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 155 (grades 6-8)
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
High Plains School

McWhinney
Thompson School District
High Plains PTCO

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Danielle Feeney
danielle.feeney@tsd.org

Lindy Jones
lindy.jones@tsd.org

 

12. Hillsborough County, Florida

Noteworthy: this is the eleventh SSEP flight for Hillsborough County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: Randall Middle School; experiment design only: Belmont Elementary School, Buckhorn Elementary School, Citrus Park Elementary School, Coleman Middle School, Crestwood Elementary School, Farnell Middle School, Giunta Middle School, Kingswood Elementary School, Limona Elementary School, Lutz K-8 School, Mabry Elementary School, Macfarlane Park Elementary School, Mulrennan Middle School, Pizzo Elementary School, Riverview Elementary School, Robles Elementary School, Roland Park K-8 School, Shore Elementary School, Tampa Palms Elementary School, Temple Terrace Elementary School, Tinker K-8 School, Turner Bartels K-8 School, Williams Middle School, York K-8 School; 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): 2 competitions; (grades K-5), (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
Hillsborough County Public Schools

DOD STEM

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

 

13. Viera, Florida

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Viera

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

Partner Institutions
Pinecrest Academy Space Coast Charter School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director

Consuelo Praetorius
ckirk@pinecrestspacecoast.com

 

14. Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: Berkshire Community College; 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): 1 competition; (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Berkshire Community College

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Colin Wilson
cwilson@berkshirecc.edu

 

15. Oak Park, Michigan

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: Oak Park High School, Oak Park Preparatory Academy, Pepper Elementary School, Einstein Elementary School, Key Elementary School; mission patches only: Lessenger Early Childhood Center, NOVA Academy

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 450 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Oak Park Schools
Einstein Elementary School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Grayling Mercer
GRAYLING.MERCER@opsk12.org

Sarah Provenzola-West
Sarah.Provenzola-West@opsk12.org

 

16. Edina, Minnesota

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Edina

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: 7

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 400 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 120

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Edina Public Schools

Edina Education Fund
Archana Vasanthakumar
Chris Thorp
Zhe Chen
Pat Morton
Lindsey Smaka
Emily Pfeiffer
Cathy Cozad
Janal Kalis
Maria Torija-juana
Layton Mikkalson
Andy Zumbusch
Savanna Fonkert

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Directors

Dr. Randy Smasal
Randy.Smasal@edinaschools.org

Jody De St. Hubert
jody.desthubert@edinaschools.org

 

17. Albany, New York

Noteworthy: this is the third 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: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 1 competition; (grades 6-8)

Partner Institutions
City School District of Albany

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

SSEP Community Program Director

Amanda Powers
apowers@albany.k12.ny.us

 

18. Garden City, New York

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Garden City

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: Garden City Middle School; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 313 (grade 7)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-1), (grades 7)

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

Garden City PTA
Garden City Friends of STEAM

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

SSEP Community Program Directors

Joanna Rogosich
RogosichJ@gcufsd.net

Amanda DeRiso
DeRisoA@gcufsd.net

 

19. Long Beach, New York

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Long Beach

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Long Beach Middle School; mission patches only: East Elementary School, West ElementarySchool, Lido Elementary School, Lindell Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 205 (grade 6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 40

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Long Beach Public Schools

Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center
Liquid Fungi

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Directors

Cristie Tursi
ctursi@lbeach.org

Natasha Nurse
nnurse@lbeach.org

 

20. North Tonawanda, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 6; experiment design and mission patches: North Tonawanda Senior High School, North Tonawanda Middle School, North Tonawanda Intermediate School; mission patches only: Ohio Elementary School, Spruce Elementary School, Drake Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 290 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
North Tonawanda City School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Joel May
jmay@ntschools.org

Michael Tambroni
mtambroni@ntschools.org

 

21. Red Hook, New York

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Red Hook

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): 1 competition; (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Red Hook Central School District
Red Hook High School

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Directors

Deborah Beam
dbeam@rhcsd.org

Kitty Summers
ksummers@rhcsd.org

 

22. Grand Forks, North Dakota

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design only: University of North Dakota – John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences – Space Studies Department

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

Partner Institutions
University of North Dakota

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Pablo de Leon
pablo.de.leon@und.edu

Keith Crisman
keith.crisman@und.edu

 

23. Athens, Ohio

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: TBD; experiment design and mission patches: Ohio University Main Campus, Ohio University Eastern Campus – St. Clairsville, OH; Ohio University Chillicothe, OH Campus; Ohio University Zanesville, OH Campus; mission patches only: TBD

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 50 (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 6-16)

Partner Institutions
Ohio University

Ohio Space Grant Consortium

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Sarah E. Wyatt
wyatts@ohio.edu

Nathaniel Szewczyk
szewczyk@ohio.edu

 

24. Kent, Ohio

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Kent State 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

Partner Institutions
Kent State University
Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE)

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Marla Perez-Davis
mperezda@kent.edu

 

25. Pickerington, Ohio

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Pickerington

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 11; experiment design and mission patches: Pickerington High School Central, Pickerington High School North, Toll Gate Middle School; experiment design only: Lakeview Junior High School; mission patches only: Toll Gate Elementary School, Sycamore Creek Elementary School, Tussing Elementary School, Pickerington Elementary School, Fairfield Elementary School, Violet Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,000 (grades 5-12)
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 Schools

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

SSEP Community Program Directors

Carla Fultz
Carla_Fultz@plsd.us

Anna Meyer
anna_meyer@plsd.us

 

26. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – CCAC

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Pittsburgh – 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: 90 (grades 13-16)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Community College of Allegheny County

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Directors

Justin Starr
jstarr@ccac.edu

Anne Duffy
aduffy@ccac.edu

Patricia Donehue
pdonehue@ccac.edu

 

27. Columbia, South Carolina

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 105 (grades 13-16)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 35

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Midlands Technical College

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Benjamin Gaston
gastonb@midlandstech.edu

 

28. Arlington, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 11; experiment design and mission patches: James Martin High School; mission patches only: Boles Junior High School, Young Junior High School, Bailey Junior High School, Barnett Junior High School, Carter Junior High School, Ousley Junior High School, Shackleford Junior High School, Nichols Junior High School, Workman Junior High School, Gunn Junior High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 10-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades 7-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Martin High School
Arlington Independent School District

Martin STEM Academy Booster Club

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Laura Taylor
ltaylor3@aisd.net

Jason Forsythe
jforsyth@aisd.net

 

29. Burleson, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the tenth SSEP flight for Burleson

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

Texas Christian University

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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 Directors

Stacy Hughes
shughes@bisdmail.net

Lindsey Byrd
lbyrd@bisdmail.net

Sandi Parsons
sandi.parsons@bisdmail.net

 

30. Houston, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 7; experiment design and mission patches: San Jacinto College, Clear Horizons Early College High School; mission patches only: Pasadena Early College High School, Dobie Early College High School, South Houston Early College High School, Fisher Elementary School, South Houston Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 100 (grades 11-16)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 20

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-8), (grades 9-16)

Partner Institutions
San Jacinto College, South Campus

San Jacinto Foundation
Communities in Schools Southeast Harris and Brazoria County

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Connie Gomez
Connie.Gomez@sjcd.edu

 

31. Plano, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design only: Plano ISD Academy High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 40 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 25

Partner Institutions
Plano ISD Academy High School
Plano Independent School District

Plano ISD Education Foundation

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Catherine Gaschen
catherine.gaschen@pisd.edu

 

32. San Antonio, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: The Space and Engineering Technologies Academy (High School) & The Space and Engineering Technologies Academy (Middle School)

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 220 (grades 6 and 9)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grade 6), (grades 7-9)

Partner Institutions
North East Independent School District

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Jonathan Boykin
jboyki@neisd.net

Carrie Turner-Gray
cturne@neisd.net

 

33. Texarkana, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the third 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: 652 (grades 5-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 110

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 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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

SSEP Community Program Directors

Laurie Pace
Laurie.Pace@txkisd.net

Emily Burns
emily.burns@txkisd.net

Jennifer Sells
Jennifer.Sells@txkisd.net

 

34. Waxahachie, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 16; experiment design and mission patches: Evelyn Coleman Junior High School, Eddie Finley Sr Junior High School, Robbie E Howard Junior High School; mission patches only: Turner Pre-Kindergarten Academy, Dunaway Elementary School, Margaret L. Felty Elementary School, Marvin Biomedical Academy, Max H. Simpson Elementary School, Northside Elementary School, Oliver E. Clift Elementary School, Shackelford Elementary School, Wedgeworth Elementary School, Wilemon Elementary School, Waxahachie Global High School, Waxahachie High School, Waxahachie High School of Choice

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 875 (grade 6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 155

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 4 competitions; (grades PK-2), (grades 3-5), (grades 6-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Waxahachie Independent School District

Americase
Citizen’s National Bank of Texas

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Theresa Smithey
tsmithey@wisd.org

Melissa Abadie
mabadie@wisd.org

 

35. Sandy, Utah

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 15; experiment design and mission patches: Hillcrest High School; experiment design only: Midvale Middle School, Union Middle School, Butler Elementary School, Copperview Elementary School, Crescent Elementary School, East Midvale Elementary School, East Sandy Elementary School, Midvale Elementary School, Midvalley Elementary School, Oakdale Elementary School, Quail Hollow Elementary School, Sandy Elementary School, Silver Mesa Elementary School; span style=”color: #993366″>mission patches only: Beehive Science and Technology Academy

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,938 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 484

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-8), (grades 9-12)

Partner Institutions
Canyons School District
Hillcrest High School

Canyons Education Foundation
Husky STEAM Laboratories

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director

Clief Castleton
CLIEF.CASTLETON@canyonsdistrict.org

 

36. Chesapeake, Virginia

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 150 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): 2 competitions; (grades K-4), (grades 5-8)

Partner Institutions
Chesapeake Public Schools

Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Directors

Adrienne Sawyer
adrienne.sawyer@cpschools.com

Nancy Sweat
nancy.sweat@cpschools.com

 

37. iForward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin

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

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 280 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 80

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

Carthage College
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 18 to ISS

Mission 17 to ISS
(see Mission 17 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

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 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.