Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 9 to ISS

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SSEP Mission 9 to ISS

Experiment Design Competition and Selection of Flight Experiments: Fall 2015
Flight to ISS: projected launch Summer 2016, on Space-X-10 (Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft); return to Earth at launch+1 month, on SpaceX-10 (see Flight Profile page)

 

The 21 communities profiled below are providing the opportunity for thousands of grade 5-12 students to design and propose real microgravity experiments for flight aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of SSEP Mission 9 to ISS – the 11th SSEP flight opportunity. Eight of the Mission 9 communities participated in at least one earlier SSEP flight opportunity. Mission 9 is the 7th flight opportunity for Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, MA. Mission 9 is the third flight opportunity for four communities – Santa Monica, CA; Hillsborough County, FL; North Charleston, SC; and Knox County, TN. Mission 9 to ISS also includes two communities in Canada – Vancouver, British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta.

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 9 to ISS community leadership project that across the network of 21 communities a minimum of 13,200 students will be fully engaged in experiment design, and a minimum of 2,860 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 9 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 106 schools in 14 States and two Canadian Provinces are taking part in Mission 9 to ISS. In addition, Mission 9 includes four communities in Texas, two in New Jersey, and two in South Carolina.

For 19 of the 21 communities, Mission 9 is made possible in part by a grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. CASIS is a National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. For 7 of the 21 communities, Mission 9 is made possible in part by a grant from Subaru of America, also a National Partner on SSEP. For 2 of the 21 communities, Mission 9 is made possible in part by a grant from Magellan Aerospace, SSEP’s newest National Partner and the first in Canada.

More generally, Mission 9 to ISS is made possible through the involvement of 63 Local Partner institutions, including school districts, corporate foundations, universities, community foundations, and companies, and which are providing both underwriting and material and human resources. This includes support from 8 NASA Space Grant Consortia at lead universities, including:  California Space Grant Consortium at University of California, San Diego; Connecticut Space Grant Consortium at University of Hartford; NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium at University of Idaho;  Maryland Space Grant Consortium at Johns Hopkins University; Massachusetts Space Grant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); New York Space Grant Consortium at Cornell University; Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium at Oregon State University; and Texas Space Grant Consortium at University of Texas at Austin.

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

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

 

1. Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Langevin School

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 350 (grades 5-9)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 70

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Calgary Board of Education, Langevin School

AeroInfo Systems, A Boeing Company
Running Injury Clinic
The Calgary Foundation
Magellan AerospaceSSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Brianne O’Sullivan
brosullivan@cbe.ab.ca

Kurt Gordon
kwgordon@cbe.ab.ca

 

2. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 10; experiment design only: Bowen Island Community School, Caulfeild Elementary School, Eagle Habour Montessori School, Ecol Cedardale, Gleneagles Ch’axay Elementary School, Hollyburn Elementary School, Irwin Park Elementary School, Ridgeview Elementary School, West Bay Elementary School, Westcot Elemetary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 500 (grades 5-7)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 125

Partner Institutions
West Vancouver Schools

AeroInfo Systems, A Boeing Company
Magellan Aerospace, SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Matt Trask
mtrask@sd45.bc.ca

 

3. Santa Monica, California

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Santa Monica

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Lincoln Middle School; mission patches only: Roosevelt Elementary School, Franklin Elementary School, Grant Elementary School, John Muir Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 375 (grade 8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 75

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Lincoln Middle School
California Space Grant Consortium

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

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

Mission 2 to ISS
(see Mission 2 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Marianne Obrien
mobrien@smmsd.org

Gretchen Gies-McLaughlin
ggies-mclaughlin@smmusd.org

 

4. East Lyme, Connecticut

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for East Lyme

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: East Lyme Middle School; mission patches only: East Lyme High School, Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School, Niantic Center Elementary School; Flanders Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 450 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 90

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-12), (grades 5-8)

Partner Institutions
East Lyme Public School District

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

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

Mission 2 to ISS
(see Mission 2 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Carla Woitovich
Carla.Woitovich@eastlymeschools.org

Glenn Penkoffidbeck
glenn.penkoffidbeck@eastlymeschools.org

 

5. Hillsborough County, Florida

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Hillsborough County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 10; experiment design and mission patches: Cannella Elementary School, Hunters Green Elementary School, Lamb Elementary School, Brooker Elementary School, Mabry Elementary School, FishHawk Creek Elementary School, Mintz Elememtary School; mission patches only: Colson Elementary School, Schwarzkopf Elementary School, Seminole Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 2,200 (grade 5)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 550

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-2), (grades 3-5)

Partner Institutions
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Sun Coast Credit Union
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

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

 

6. Boise, Idaho

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 5-6, 8 and 11-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 80

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
North Star Public Charter School

Discover Technology
NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium
Idaho Power
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner
Subaru of America, Inc.SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Jill Hettinger
jhettinger@northstarcharter.org

 

7. Potomac, Maryland

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 320 (grades 8-11)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 80

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 2-7), (grades 8-11)

Partner Institutions
Bullis School

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

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Faith Darling
faith_darling@bullis.org

Chelsea Henry
chelsea_henry@bullis.org

Barbara Nolan
barbara_nolan@bullis.org

Tracy Hollars
tracy_hollars@bullis.org

 

8. Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Noteworthy: this is the seventh SSEP flight for Fitchburg

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School; mission patches only: Varnum Brooke Elementary School, Fisher Hill Elementary School, Hawthorne Brooke Middle School, Helen Mae Sauder Elementary 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: 100

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School

Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium
NyproMold
Rollstone Bank & Trust
DRS Technologies
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner
Subaru of America, Inc.SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

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)

Mission 3 to ISS
(see Mission 3 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 2 to ISS
(see Mission 2 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

Mission 1 to ISS
(see Mission 1 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP on STS-135, the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis, and of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program
(see STS-135 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patch)

SSEP Community Program Director
Paula DeDiego
dediego@montytech.net

 

9. Traverse City, Michigan

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Traverse City

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Traverse City West Senior High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 850 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 175

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 7-9), (grades 10-12)

Partner Institutions
Traverse City West Senior High School

Michigan STEM Partnership
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

Mission 3 to ISS
(see Mission 3 community profile, flight and honorable mention experiments, and flight mission patches)

SSEP Community Program Director
Patrick Gillespie
gillespipa@tcaps.net

 

10. Jersey City, New Jersey

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 9; experiment design and mission patches: PS 8 Charles E. Trefurt School, PS 11 Martin Luther King Jr. School, PS 14 Ollie Culbreth Jr. School, PS 16 Cornelia F. Bradford Elementary School, PS 20, PS 25 Nicolaus Copernicus School, PS 27 Alfred E. Zampella School, William L. Dickinson High School, McNair Academic High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 280 (grades 5 and 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 65

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Jersey City Public Schools

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Ruben Rosario
RROSARIO@lsc.org

Darrell Carson
dcarson@jcboe.org

 

11. Springfield, New Jersey

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,325 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 200

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Springfield Public Schools

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Tom Gula
tgula@springfieldschools.com

 

12. Buffalo – Niagara Falls, New York

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 10; experiment design and mission patches: Burgard High School, Math-Science-Technology Preparatory School, Hamlin Park School, Community School 53, Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, Global Concepts Charter School, Niagara Falls High School, Harry F. Abate Elementary School, Gaskill Preparatory School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 647 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 154

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
WNY STEM Hub of the Empire State
Niagara Falls City School District
Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School
Global Concepts Charter School

Buffalo Teachers Federation
New York Space Grant Consortium
Moog
Praxair
Stavatti
Niagara County Community College
Wendel
Covanta Niagara
Cannon Design
InfoTech WNY
Olin Corporation
Michelle Kavanaugh
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner
Subaru of America, Inc.SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Michelle Kavanaugh
mkavan61@aol.com

Jim Guido
jdguido@roadrunner.com

 

13. Eugene, Oregon

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: Arts and Technology Academy, Winston Churchill High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 436 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 95

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades 6-8), (grades 19-12)

Partner Institutions
Eugene School District 4J

RW Family Fund, The Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium
Technology Association of Oregon, Lane County Chapter
Feeney Wireless
MoonShadow Mobile
XS Media
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Linda O’Shea
oshea_l@4J.lane.edu

Kim Finch
finch_k@4J.lane.edu

Mary Beth Hepp-Elam
elam_m@4J.lane.edu

 

14. Columbia, South Carolina

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 2; experiment design and mission patches: A. J. Greenview Elementary School; mission patches only: W. J. Keenan High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 450 (grades 5-8 and 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 125

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): two competitions; (grades K-2), (grades 3-5)

Partner Institutions
W. J. Keenan High School

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Director
Kirstin Bullington
kirstin.bullington@richlandone.org

 

15. North Charleston, South Carolina

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for North Charleston

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Palmetto Scholars Academy

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grades 6-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 60

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): one competition; (grades 6-12)

Partner Institutions
Palmetto Scholars Academy

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

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

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

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Kellye Voigt
kellye.voigt@palmettoscholarsacademy.org

Tim Gott
tim.gott@palmettoscholarsacademy.org

 

16. Knox County, Tennessee

Noteworthy: this is the third SSEP flight for Knox County

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 21; experiment design only: Bearden Middle School, Carter Middle School, Gresham Middle School, Powell Middle School, West Valley Middle School, Whittle Springs Middle School, Bearden High School, Central High School, Hardin Valley High School, L&N STEM Academy; mission patches only: A.L. Lotts Elementary School, Beaumont Magnet Academy, Blue Grass Elementary School, Brickey-McCloud Elementary School, Green STEAM Magnet Academy, Halls Elementary School, Inskip Elementary School, Northshore Elementary School, Powell Elementary School, Ritta Elementary School, Shannondale Elementary School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,500 (grades 5-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 300

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): one competition; (grades K-4)

Partner Institutions
Knox County Public School System

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

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

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

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Becky Ashe
becky.ashe@knoxschools.org

Daphne Odom
daphne.odom@knoxschools.org

 

17. Bullard, Texas

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

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 350 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Bullard Independent School District

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

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Amanda Goode
amanda.goode@bullardisd.net

Scott Franks
scott.franks@bullardisd.net

Chris Pawlak
chris.pawlak@bullardisd.net

 

18. Burleson, Texas

Noteworthy: this is the second SSEP flight for Burleson

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 9; experiment design and mission patches: Bransom Elementary School, STEAM Middle School; experiment design only: Kerr Middle School, Hughes Middle School, The Adademy at Nola Dunn, Clinkscale Elementary School; mission patches only: Ann Brock Elementary School, Mound Elementary School, Jack C. Taylor Elementary School, Burleson Home School Group via the Burleson Public Library

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 1,272 (grades 5-6)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 318

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Burleson Independent School District

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

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 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
Leslie K. Bender Jutzi
lbenderjutzi@bisdmail.net

Stacy Hughes
shughes@bisdmail.net

Seth Hickman
shickman@bisdmail.net

 

19. Houston, Texas – Cesar Chavez High School

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Cesar E. Chavez High School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 300 (grade 11)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 50

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

Mission Patch Art and Design Competition(s): one competition; (grades 10-12)

Partner Institutions
Cesar E. Chavez High School

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

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jethrina Santos
jsantos5@houstonisd.org

Gianna Morales
gmorale2@houstonisd.org

 

20. McAllen, Texas

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 5; experiment design and mission patches: Achieve Early College High School, McAllen High School, Memorial High School, James Nikki Rowe High School, Lamar Academy

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 350 (grades 9-12)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 70

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
McAllen Independent School District

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

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Jeanette Nino
jeanette.nino@mcallenisd.net

Rachel Arcaute
rachel.arcaute@mcallenisd.net

 

21. Bellevue, Washington

Program Scope
Number of participating schools: 1; experiment design and mission patches: Open Window School

Experiment Design Competition

Expected Minimum Number of Students Fully Engaged in Experiment Design: 150 (grades 4-8)
Expected Minimum Number of Student Team Proposals: 30

SSEP Community-wide Engagement Program

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

Partner Institutions
Open Window School

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), SSEP National Partner

SSEP Mission Participation
Mission 9 to ISS

SSEP Community Program Co-Directors
Adrienne Gifford
adrienneg@ows.org

Jeff Streobel
jeffs@ows.org

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.