The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, are proud to present the 50 Mission Patches selected for flight to the International Space Station (ISS) for Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 14 to ISS. The selected flight patches shown below resulted from local art and design competitions meant to capture the spirit of SSEP in each Mission 14 community.
The mission patch competitions foster community-wide awareness and engagement in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program – an initiative that takes students, teachers, and the community at large to the space frontier through immersion in an authentic research experience. The 33 selected Mission 14 microgravity flight experiments from student teams, representing the 32 communities participating in Mission 14, comprise the SSEP Apollo experiments payload, named after NASA’s Apollo Program.
As a historical note, mission patches have been part of human spaceflight since the days of Project Mercury in the 1960s (see, e.g., this page at the NASA History Program Office). The official NASA mission patch for Apollo Program is shown above. The SSEP Mission Patch competitions therefore allow communities to engage in another authentic aspect of the space program. From an education standpoint, the mission patch component of SSEP forges interdisciplinary connections between STEM fields and art and design, so that SSEP is a true STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) initiative.
Across the 29 of 32 Mission 14 to ISS communities conducting Mission Patch art and design competitions, 22,697 grade K-16 students were engaged, and 20,860 patch designs were submitted (Note: 3 communities have not reported their participation numbers). Judges within the communities selected the 50 patches shown below.
You can also read more about the Mission 14 to ISS Patch Competition at the main SSEP website.
Quickly Scroll to Individual Communities:
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Winfield, Alabama
- Buckeye, Arizona
- Corcoran, California
- Moreno Valley, California
- Redlands, California
- Stamford, Connecticut
- Hillsborough County, Florida
- Pasco County, Florida
- Anne Arundel County, Maryland
- Westford, Massachusetts
- Harper Woods, Michigan
- Galloway, New Jersey – Stockton University
- Springfield, New Jersey
- Shoreham, New York
- Bethany, Oklahoma
- Enid, Oklahoma
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – University of Pittsburgh
- Sumter, South Carolina
- Knox County, Tennessee
- Bandera, Texas
- Burleson, Texas
- Lufkin, Texas
- Lumberton, Texas
- Bellevue, Washington
- Hayward, Wisconsin
- iForward-Grantsburg, Wisconsin
Edmonton Public Schools’ SSEP Mission Patch Competition was open to all Division students in kindergarten to grade nine. There were two competitions, one for grades kindergarten through grade four and another for grades five through nine. 1,099 students (673 from grades K-4 and 426 from grades 5-9) from 19 schools were registered in school level competitions, with each registered student creating an individual patch design. The finalist designs were judged by panels of students, staff and family members. The patches selected to represent Edmonton Public Schools were created by Ryan Li, a grade one student at Westbrook School and Lily Signorini, a grade eight student at Highlands School. The winning patches were turned into large format posters which are displayed in the artists’ schools and the Division’s central office. Congratulations to all students that participated!
At the Elementary level both LeMarchant St Thomas Elementary and Saint Mary’s Elementary participated with the support of our Fine Arts Specialist. One hundred and twenty-five students each created and submitted their own Mission Patch to the competition. Of these patches, 20 were selected for the staff of the Elementary and Junior High schools to vote on anonymously using Google Forms. At the Junior High level, all students were given an opportunity in Art Class to create a Mission Patch. At Gorsebrook Jr High, 105 students submitted individual Mission Patches for competition. The top 5 patches were then to put to a vote for the selection of the winning Junior High Mission 14 Patch.
Students from Winfield City Schools in Winfield, Alabama submitted 640 mission patches in two categories. The elementary category consisted of grades 3-6 with the submission of 395 patches, and the secondary category consisted of grades 7-12 with the submission of 245 patches. A panel of judges, consisting of grade-level teachers, art teachers, and staff selected the winning patches. The elementary winner is sixth-grader Feebie Sayre, and the secondary winner is seventh-grader Braylee Lynn. Each winner’s design gives a nod to our system’s winning experiment, “What are the effects of microgravity on the germination of Aloe barbadensis seeds?”
Buckeye, AZ held a two-patch mission patch competition with 758 Kindergarten through fourth grade students and 654 students in grades five through eight each submitting a mission patch design. Keoni Ellis, a 4th grade student from Buckeye Elementary School, the original school of the Buckeye Elementary School District was selected as the winner of the younger grades competition. Bryan Tello, a 6th grade student from Marionneaux Elementary School, the newest school in the Buckeye Elementary School District was selected as the winner of the upper grades competition. That’s a total of 1,412 students participating in the two competitions! We are so proud of our community!
John Muir Middle School proposed a two-patch plan for the SSEP competition. All, 1,585 students in grades K-5 were required to compete in our Elementary category. Brett Harte, John C. Fremont, and Mark Twain teachers and administrators will judge and send the 2 top winners from each grade level for a total of 12 patches to be judged. The final 5 patches for Elementary will be chosen by John Muir science teachers and administrators. 797 students will be required to compete in our 6-8 Middle School category, from Kings Lake and John Muir. 10 of our science teachers will decide and send the 2 top winners from their classes totaling 20 to be judged. The final 5 will be chosen by John Muir staff and administration. Our school board, State Assemblyman Salas, County Supervisor Valle, and dignitaries will decide the Mission 14 Patch for Elementary and Middle School to fly to the International Space Station.
Moreno Valley Unified School District’s participation in the SSEP Mission 14 Patch Competition involved 164 middle school students (grades 6-8) and 416 high school students (grades 9-12) with each student submitting a patch design. The “Germination of Alfalfa in Microgravity”, chosen to go to the International Space Station (ISS), influenced many of our student artists as they created a mission patch. This competition involved students in learning about microgravity experiments and the history of creating “mission patches” for capturing the excitement of spaceflight. The judges for this year’s district-level competition were comprised of members of the community, which included local artists, parent ambassadors, district personnel and Moreno Valley College faculty. The judges recognized the effort and artistry each student put into their patch and were pleased to see our community being represented in the 20 final middle school and 20 final high school submissions. The Mission 14 to ISS Patch winners are Analyn L. (middle school) and Karla B. (high school).
Hillsborough County Public Schools opened the Mission 14 Patch Competition to 91,157 school students in our community, which represented 232 schools. We divided the competition – one for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students, with 456 patches submitted and another for Sixth through Eighth Grade students, with 110 patches submitted. 566 students drew a design and 566 patches met the requirements for judging by a committee of teachers and community leaders. The Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Mission Patch winner is Alyssa Hozven, a Fifth Grade student from Alafia Elementary in Valrico, Florida. The winning patch from the Sixth Grade through Twelfth Grade competition was Jenna Pabon, a Sixth grade student from Randall Middle School in Lithia, Florida.
The Mission 14 Patch Competition was broken into two categories in Pasco County. Fifteen hundred and six students competed in the middle school level and five hundred and thirty-eight in the technical school program with each participating student creating one patch design. One of our generous donors of this program ‘Catalina Marketing’ actually conducted the judging for us. We are certainly very proud of all the submissions and certainly our two winners!
The Anne Arundel County, Maryland community held a one-patch Mission Patch Art and Design Competition. The competition was led by Art teachers at the middle schools participating in SSEP Mission 14 to the ISS. 2,110 middle school students were engaged in the Mission Patch project during the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Students investigated the significance of Mission Patches and determined how to best represent AACPS community with creative expression and production being addressed during the project. Each school instructed students to work individually, giving each student a chance to design their own patch. School based art teachers led a collaborative review committee to select one patch for submission to the AACPS Community Review Committee. The six finalist patches were scored by a team of science and art educators from the school system and the community. The selected patch from Bates Middle school was chosen unanimously by the review panel.
The Stony Brook School SSEP Mission 14 Mission Patch Contest engaged 240 students in grades 6-8, all of whom also participated in the SSEP contest to send an experiment to the ISS, with each student submitting one mission patch design. The students were given a mini lesson on the importance and meaning of mission patches in spaceflight history, and shown examples. We discussed the elements of design, to include, shape, color, symbolism, words, and things of local significance (like school, town, community, and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing). Students were given two weeks to complete and submit their design entry, along with a brief summary explaining the meaning behind their design. The winning entry, voted on by the students themselves, represents the Apollo 11 command module re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing mission.
Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods, MI had 263 students in grades 2-5 submit 179 patch designs and 200 students in grades 8-9 submit 47 patch designs for a total of 226 patch designs from 463 participating students. The elementary competition inciuded fourth and fifth grade students from Poupard Elementary who were essential to the success of the program. Chandler Park School District panel extended voting to parents and teachers. Winners are 5th graders Alanna Sims from CPA and Anna Nguyen from Poupard Elementary received the most votes from our 75 voters!
The Stockton University SSEP Community held two patch design competitions: one for K-6 students, and a second for grades 7-12. A total of eight hundred and sixty (860) total patch entries ranging from elementary through high school level were received. Seven hundred and forty eight (748) students participated in the K-6 division and one hundred and twenty-two (122) students participated in the middle through high school division. A total of twelve (12) school districts with fifteen (15) schools in total participated in the contest. The winning patch design in the upper division was Anamilea Chakrabartly, an eighth grader STEAM Club member from Northfield Community Middle School, and in the lower division was Maniyah Varela, a sixth grader from Toms River Intermediate South.
The Springfield Public Schools held two district-wide SSEP Mission 14 Patch Art Competition with two final winners chosen on February 19th, 2020. The grades K-5 winner, fourth grader Valentina Tiziano, was chosen from a pool of 997 submissions, and the grades 6-12 winner, twelfth grader Mary-Anne D’Angelo was chosen from a pool of 224 submissions.
In our elementary competition, the entire fifth grade (123 students) created patch designs. The entire school population (3rd- 5th grade) voted on the patches and the winner was 5th grader Ben Evans! His patch design celebrated the mission and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing! The patch features two rockets with clouds of smoke coming out the boosters in the shape of a 5 and 0. In our middle and high school competition, students in Studio in Art, Drawing and Painting 1, Drawing and Painting 2, AP Studio Art, and Peer Mentoring Art participated in our schools Mission 14 Patch Design competition. 118 students across grades 9 through 12 participated in the competition. In order to determine a winner, we first had our faculty members vote to narrow down to the top two. All students were then asked to vote for a winner. The winner of our competition was Lauren DeRosso, grade 10.
Bethany Public School System’s SSEP Mission 14 (Apollo) to ISS hosted two Patch Design Competitions. The larger competition engaged 5th – 8th grade students from Bethany Middle School and Earl Harris Elementary. Over 200 students were engaged in lessons designed by a committee of Art teachers and Bethany Community SSEP community leadership. The program included Art skills as well as the history and purpose of Mission Patches. Students were charged with including symbols that best represented SSEP and the Bethany, Oklahoma community. Over 200 patches were submitted at the school level and evaluated with a rubric. Patches were judged by a combination of Bethany teachers, curriculum coordinators, and SSEP community leadership. Kynadie Delling from Bethany Middle School designed the winning patch. Bethany’s upper level competition immersed over 100 high school students in the art and history of NASA mission patches. Students submitted a total of 112 patches to the high school art committee and SSEP community leadership for selection. The committee chose the design by Jayden James of Bethany High School.
Enid Public schools held the patch design contest that was open for all 18 of its schools. The contest was split in to two parts with one level being kindergarten though sixth grade, with 317 students creating 246 patch designs. The second level was open for seventh grade though twelfth grade, with 206 students creating 182 patch designs. From the 428 entries a committee narrowed down the submissions to the top three in each level. This was accomplished with blind voting and a district provided rubric. The top three patch design at each level were submitted to the community via social media and the local newspaper for voting. Over a two-week period, there were a total of over 10,000 votes submitted. Both winning patches won by clear decision and were tabulated and reviewed by a third disinterested party for verification. Wining patches were announced via social media, newspaper and school site award presentations by district and school leadership. Winning artists were presented certificates and a Lego model of the ISS as prizes.
The University of Pittsburgh community conducted two Patch Design Competitions. One was offered to the students in the Schools of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Art and Sciences that participated in the SSEP experiment design competition and the other was offered to the students in the Schools of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Art and Sciences that did not participate in the SSEP experiment design competition. We also engaged local high school students in these competitions. In total, we were able to engage over 450 students who submitted more than 55 patches from which the finalists were selected and the winners chosen based on the guidelines of SSEP, the participating Schools, and the University for use of logo’s and language. The two winning patches were selected by faculty, students, and community representing the Pittsburgh community.
Alice Drive Middle School held two Mission Patch Design competitions, one for Alice Drive Middle School students, and one for its feeder school, Alice Drive Elementary School. Alice Drive Middle had 300 students create a patch design. Those 300 designs were narrowed down to the top 6. The elementary school had 155 fifth graders create a patch design. Those 155 designs were narrowed down to the top 10. The Sumter School District Fine Arts Committee chose the winning design for both competitions. The Middle School winner was Bailey Young, an 8th grader at Alice Drive. The Elementary winner was Kristina Mosneaguta, a 5th grader from Alice Drive. This competition was a great opportunity to make connections between STEM fields and Art /Design. It was a true STEAM experience!
For the Mission 14 patch competition, Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tennessee, had submissions from both grades K-5 and 6-12. The total number of K-5 students who participated in the competition was 400 resulting in 50 patch designs being submitted. The total number of 6-12 students who participated in the competition is 900 resulting in 70 patch designs being submitted. The winners from Knox County include Sydney Bays, grade 8, from Holston Middle School, and Ava Burleson, grade 5, from Shannondale Elementary.
It was our goal to engage as many students as possible in our SSEP Mission 14 Program. Towards that end, we proposed two mission patch competitions – one for students in 5th grade and one for students in grades 6-8. The 5th grade competition engaged 120 students and produced 160 patch designs. The grade 6-8 competition engaged 142 students, with each participant creating a patch design. Both competitions were voted on by the greater community at the space night presentation.
Burleson ISD in Burleson,Texas participated in the SSEP Mission 14 Patch Competition with approximately 1,400 students participating. There were 587 K-5 students and 805 6th-12th grade students supporting our SSEP Experiment Design teams with their individual patch design submissions. Most schools submitted their patches through their art classes, with some art clubs submitting as well. Their patches were displayed during our official district “Space Night,” with an attendance of over 3,000 students, their families, and community stakeholders. The winning K-5th grade patch was designed by Angela Machuca, a 5th grader from the Academy of Leadership and Technology at Mound, and a member of Mrs. Renee Leirmo’s art class. Angela’s patch features the ISS hovering over our planet, and it will make a beautiful, colorful patch. The winning 6th-12th grade patch was designed by Cristina N. Gonzalez, a 12th grader from Burleson High School. She designed the patch under the guidance of her art teacher, Mrs. Lindsey Pearce. Our panel of judges appreciated how Cristina’s patch captures the spirit of exploration with the various planets in the background. We congratulate the winners, and appreciate the hard work of all student participants!
Lufkin Independent School District has a strong commitment to STEM/STEAM education and is excited to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 14 to the International Space Station (ISS). As a participating community, our district conducted a two-patch art and design competition for elementary and middle school students. The competition had two categories – an elementary school division (4th grade students), with 560 designs submitted and a middle school division (6th-8th grade students enrolled in an art elective class), with 772 designs submitted. Participating campuses, comprised of 5 elementary schools and 1 middle school, held their own local contests and submitted their top patches to the district-wide contest for final judging. A total of 9 finalist patches were submitted by the local competitions for both elementary and middle schools. The winning elementary patch was designed by Cami Hartzog, 4th grade student from Brandon Elementary School. The winning middle school patch was designed by Paola Diaz, 8th grade student from Lufkin Middle School. It is with great pride to submit these student-designed patches from the Pineywoods of East Texas for their journey to the International Space Station.
The Lumberton Independent School District, located deep in the Piney Woods of Southeast Texas, completed the Mission Patch Design Competition in January of 2020. Two contests were held: one for grades K-5 and one for grades 6-12. All students were encouraged to participate and were excited to be a part of this program. The Elementary Competition (K-5) submitted 1,174 entries and grades 6-12 submitting 596 patch designs for the Secondary Competition culminating in a grand total of 1,770 participants. The winner of the Elementary Patch Design Competition was 3rd grader Giovanni Galvan, and the winner of the Secondary Patch Design Competition was 10th grader Alex Garrett. The participants and winners were recognized at our Mission to Space Community Celebration on February 13, 2020. Our esteemed judges Dr. Betty Iles, Mr. Red Allen, Mr. Albert Faggard, and Mr. Marcus Rodgers were also recognized at the celebration event.
All Open Window School students participated in our two SSEP Mission Patch Art & Design Competitions. In the grades K-3 competition, 159 students participated. In the grades 4 -8 competition, 151 students participated. All students in grades K-8 created mission patch designs during their art classes. Over 300 mission patch designs (159 for K-3 and 151 for 4-8) were submitted and displayed so our entire school community could vote for the design that they felt best reflected our school and the SSEP program. Third grader Rebecca Wu’s patch will represent K-3 with her design featuring the state of Washington, constellations, our school logo, and a bobcat astronaut. The selected design from the 4-8 grade competition came from Trudy Inagawa, a seventh grader. Her design features a space scene with a rocket, astronaut, and satellite. All student mission patch designs will be showcased at our K-8 STEM Day this spring!
LCO School / Waadookodaading had 2 separate mission patch design contests. One contest included each K-4 student (126 total) and the other included each student grades 5-12 (123 total) participating with their own unique entry. Support, materials and devoted class time were provided by Mr. Scott Boeke, the school art teacher and classroom teachers / class advisors assigned to each grade level. All students were given the opportunity to enter the contest, but entries were limited to students who had complete designs and chose to enter the contest. A total of 102 entries were received for the final voting. The entire staff voted on ballots for their first, second and third choice mission patch in the K-4 competition and in the grades 5-12 competition. Results for the K-4 competition: 1st place: Amillia Robertson; 2nd place: Margie Sharlow; 3rd place: Jerry Malone. Results 5-12 competition: 1st place: Preston Sullivan; 2nd place: Ally Larson; 3rd place: Lareina Clause.
iForward of Wisconsin Online Charter School conducted a two mission patch competitions for SSEP Mission 14. This became our third consecutive year taking part in this powerful learning opportunity connecting young scientists and artists from across the world. Our virtual online charter school is made up of approximately 950 students, grades 6-12, from the beautiful state of Wisconsin. The Mission 14 Patch Project engaged 256 online students at the middle school and high school levels. Students met the goal for the two-patch competition with 130 high school students, and 126 middle school students participating. The high school submitted 139 patch designs and the middle school submitted 135 patch designs for a total of 274 possible designs vying for the trip aboard the International Space Station. Our winning high school participant, Joe Cygan, and middle school participant, Matthew Wickstrom, proved to meet a proficient level in learning goals for science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math through their original creations. The final designs were selected to represent the iForward online community on Mission 14.