The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education intends to hold a SSEP National Conference in the nation’s capital each year, likely the first week in July, where students from all communities participating in the SSEP can present on their experiment designs, and those teams that flew experiments can report preliminary results. We want to immerse students in the experience of a science conference. It is fitting. If the SSEP is dedicated to letting students step into the shoes of scientists and engineers, then a conference should be part of the experience.
The conference will include featured presentations by nationally recognized space scientists and engineers who will passionately talk about exploration, and hopefully inspire many young women and men in the audience to follow in their footsteps.
The Center is honored to be partnering with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on SSEP, with the 2011 and 2012 National Conferences held in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery at the Museum—the most visted museum on the planet. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is a SSEP National Partner, and is also the venue, along with the Carnegie Institution of Washington, for meetings of the SSEP Step 2 Review Board where the flight experiments are selected for each SSEP flight opportunity.
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Video Highlights, 2011 National Conference
El Paso, Texas – Team 1
Ballston Spa, NY
Jefferson County, KY
Guilford County, North Carolina
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 NanoRacks LLC, 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. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and Subaru of America are National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.