SSEP Local Team

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program at Jackson Middle School is overseen by a dedicated Local Team of administrators, teachers, and partner organizations. This page is dedicated to all those that make this program possible for the students of Jackson Middle School.

Program Scope
SSEP opportunity provided to 600 grade 6-8 students

SSEP Mission Participation

Partner Institutions
Portland Public Schools
Portland Public Schools (or PPS) is a public school district located in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is a Pre K-12 district with an enrollment of approximately 46,000 students. It is the largest school district in Oregon. About 100 schools and 50 special needs sites are maintained within the district.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium
As one of 52 members of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, the Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) strives to attain the goals and missions set forth by NASA regarding education, research, and public service. We have established strong collaborative partnerships with schools and universities, state and local government, and the aerospace industry throughout the state.

Portland State University / Dr. Mark Weislogel
Dr. Mark Weislogel worked for NASA for 10 years, during which time he sent his own zero-g experiments into both air and space. He came to Portland State in 2001. “I really caught the vision and the potential of this university,” he says.

His research is about finding methods to improve the transport of fluids within a variety of systems and devices. The fluids often must travel through highly angular geometries unlike those found in nature. Weislogel and his students study conduits of different shapes, and test their theories by sending them into zero-g, whether in NASA drop towers, low-g aircraft, the Space Shuttle, or the International Space Station.

SSEP Community Program Director
Jennifer Kelley, 6th Grade Teacher, Jackson Middle School

Community Blog Administrators
Jennifer Kelley, 6th Grade Teacher, Jackson Middle School
Matthew Wayne Johnson, Principal of Arutai Studios and Jackson Middle School Parent

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