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 last week in June or first week in July, where students from all communities participating in 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 SSEP is dedicated to letting students step into the shoes of scientists and engineers, then a conference should be part of the experience.
All students attending the conference that are part of SSEP experiment design teams shall present, either individually or as part of a team, an oral PowerPoint presentation in the conference venue,, and a poster version of their PowerPoint to the visiting public. Each presentation shall include the science addressed by the experiment and why, the essential question that drove experiment definition, and the design of the experiment, including procedures for analysis of results (e.g., comparison to a ground truth experiment.)
For student teams that:
a. did not have their experiment selected for flight, the presentation should report on their ground truth experimental results, and possible hypotheses as to what they might have found if the experiment had been done on orbit and why.
b. had a flight experiment and it returned from orbit well in advance of the conference, the presentation should include formal experiment analysis and results.
c. had a flight experiment, but it returned to Earth just in advance of the conference, the presentation should report on preliminary results from the ground truth and flight experiments.
d. have a flight experiment, but it has not yet flown, the presentation should report on preliminary ground truth results if possible, and possible hypotheses as to what they might find when the experiment is done on orbit and why.
e. have a flight experiment currently on ISS, the presentation should include the current state of activities for both on-orbit experiment and ground truth experiments.
All student oral presentations are videotaped and are archived by SSEP. You can watch all presentations on the Scientific Return and Reporting pages.
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. You can watch all the featured presentations from conferences dating back to 2014 on the Videos of Conference Featured Presentations page.
The Center is honored to be partnering with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on SSEP, with the 2011 through 2016 National Conferences held in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery at the Museum—one of the most visited museums on the planet. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is a SSEP National Partner, and is also the venue for meetings of the SSEP Step 2 Review Board where the flight experiments are selected for each SSEP flight opportunity.
Explore prior SSEP National Conferences via these pages–
Jump to the June 28-29, 2017 SSEP National Conference page
Jump to the June 29-30, 2016 SSEP National Conference page
Jump to the July 2-3, 2015 SSEP National Conference page
Jump to the July 2-3, 2014 SSEP National Conference page
Jump to the July 2-3, 2013 SSEP National Conference page
Jump to the July 2-3, 2012 SSEP National Conference page
Jump to the July 6-7, 2011 SSEP National Conference page
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 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.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc., are U.S. National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Magellan Aerospace is a Canadian National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.