Guilford County Schools (GCS) is participating in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). Teams of students from four of our middle schools will participate in an experiment design competition vying for the use of a slot reserved specifically for GCS in a mini-laboratory on board the International Space Station. This will allow our students to develop a real experiment proposal based on their own research question, conduct their experiment in space and analyze the results when their sample returns to Earth — just like professional scientists.

SSEP will provide our students with an unprecedented, authentic experience in what science, technology, engineering and math education are all about. We hope it will inspire them to pursue careers in these fields or simply realize they are an integral part of the future of spaceflight and scientific research in the United States.

You’re invited to visit the following sub-pages of this About page:

About SSEP
Community Demographics
Our Commitment to STEM Education
SSEP Strategic Relevance to Our STEM Ed Program
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

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