SSEP National Partners and Sponsors

General John R. "Jack" Dailey, Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a SSEP National Partner organization, addresses 200 hundred delegates on Day 2 of the 2014 SSEP National Conference, July 3 ,2014. Behind him is Columbia, the Apollo 11 Command Module that safely returned Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins from the Moon, and above him an X-15, the first winged aircraft to travel 4, 5 and 6 times the speed of sound. General Dailey has said that SSEP "may be the most important development for the future of the U.S. space program" (read about it). CLICK TO ZOOM

General John R. “Jack” Dailey, Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a SSEP National Partner organization, addresses 200 hundred delegates on Day 2 of the 2014 SSEP National Conference, July 3 ,2014. Behind him is Columbia, the Apollo 11 Command Module that safely returned Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins from the Moon, and above him an X-15, the first winged aircraft to travel 4, 5 and 6 times the speed of sound. General Dailey has said that SSEP “may be the most important development for the future of the U.S. space program” (read about it). CLICK TO ZOOM

 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education are proud to be partnering with the organizations listed below on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Our SSEP National Partners are organizations that provide unique assets and capabilities that enhance the program on a national level. A multi-faceted partnership with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and in particular the Museum’s Education Department, enables the Museum to serve as the host site for the annual SSEP National Conference, the hub for SSEP video downlinks with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and the venue for all Step 2 Review Boards for SSEP Missions to ISS. A formal agreement with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) ensures that SSEP is used to showcase utilization of the U.S. National Laboratory on ISS for STEM education. CASIS and Subaru of America, Inc., provide unrestricted underwriting to close budget shortfalls for communities in the U.S. that would otherwise be unable to participate. Magellan Aerospace, our National Partner in Canada, provides unrestricted underwriting to close budget shortfalls for Canadian communities participating in SSEP.

Our Conference and Launch Event Sponsors are organizations that provide underwriting for SSEP events, including activities at the launch site for SSEP community delegations in attendance, the annual SSEP National Conference in Washington, DC, and events of opportunity such as an SSEP presence at a conference.

A Word About Our Other SSEP Partners:
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC, which is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. NCESSE, the Clarke Institute, and NanoRacks are therefore designated SSEP Strategic Partners. Visit the Strategic Partners page to read about their SSEP programmatic roles and responsibilities.

Partnership is truly a hallmark of SSEP. Over 750 other organizations support SSEP at the local level, including: school districts, private schools, NASA Space Grant lead institutions and other universities, corporate foundations, businesses, community foundations, and local research institutions. These organizations are designated the SSEP Local Partners. To explore the Local Partners, visit the Communities & Local Partners page at the SSEP Community Network Hubsite.

 

1. SSEP National Partners – USA

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, DC – one of the most visited museums on planet Earth – is host to the annual SSEP National Conference. The conference provides student teams from across the SSEP community network the opportunity to present on their experiment designs, and those teams that flew experiments can report results. The objective is to immerse students in the experience of a real science conference – their conference. The conference is typically held the first week of July so that attendees can take part in the 4th of July celebration in the nation’s capital. The conference takes place in the Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth gallery, and Museum research and curatorial staff have provided featured conference addresses. For more information on the National Conference, including agendas and presentation descriptions, and video clip archives of the student team presentations, visit the Annual SSEP National Conference page.

The National Air and Space Museum is the host site for live video-conferences with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, with bridging to thousands of participants across the SSEP community network. Enabled by NASA’s Teaching from Space Office, the first such video-conference took place on November 15, 2012, as part of International Education Week, and was conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. A total of 12,400 students, teachers, administrators, and guests across 24 SSEP communities were connected live to ISS and the Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth gallery via the Smithsonian’s Vidyo videoconferencing system. At the time of the event, 23 SSEP experiments were being conducted aboard ISS by Station Commander Sunita Williams. SSEP student microgravity researchers across the participating communities were able to ask questions of Commander Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. Watch the video-conference which was simulcast on NASA TV.

The National Air and Space Museum is also host site for meetings of the SSEP Step 2 Review Board, where finalist flight experiment proposals from each community are reviewed, and the flight experiments are selected. The Review Boards also include Museum staff. To date, the Museum has hosted Step 2 Review Boards for SSEP Missions 1 through 8 to ISS.

For additional information, visit: http://airandspace.si.edu


CASIS logoCenter for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is tasked with managing the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory (NL) in accordance with a Cooperative Agreement with NASA. In June 2012, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and CASIS entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to mutually leverage, through education and public outreach efforts such as SSEP, an understanding of ISS as a national and unparalleled platform for innovation, which can benefit all humankind and inspire a new generation to look to the stars.

As part of this Agreement, CASIS also provides underwriting to close budget shortfalls for communities that would otherwise not be able to participate in SSEP. To date, CASIS underwriting has dramatically impacted participation in SSEP Missions 3 through 9 to ISS. Across all 7 Missions, CASIS supported 85 communities, and made possible participation by 40,100 students, resulting in 8,676 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams (including projected impact for Mission 9).

Click Here to See a Summary of CASIS Impact per Mission

Summary of CASIS Impact per Mission

Mission 3: Program Operations started September 17, 2012
CASIS support helped 9 of 17 Mission 3 communities participate. The 9 CASIS communities immersed 4,520 students in microgravity experiment design across 9 states (CA, HI, KS, MA, MI, NJ, NY, NC, TX), and resulted in 894 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 4: Program Operations started February 25, 2013
CASIS support helped 9 of 11 Mission 4 communities participate. The 9 CASIS communities immersed 2,520 students in microgravity experiment design across 7 states (CO, IN, MI, NY, PA, SC, TX), and resulted in 625 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 5: Program Operations started September 9, 2013
CASIS support helped 9 of 15 Mission 5 communities participate. The 9 CASIS communities immersed 3,945 students in microgravity experiment design across 6 states (CA, KY, MA, NJ, NY, NC) and the District of Columbia, and resulted in 571 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 6: Program Operations started February 24, 2014
CASIS support helped 10 of 18 Mission 6 communities participate. The 10 CASIS communities immersed 4,445 students in microgravity experiment design across 7 states (CA, MI, MO, NJ, SC, TN, TX), and result in 932 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 7: Program Operations started September 8, 2014
CASIS support helped 22 of 24 Mission 7 communities participate. The 22 CASIS communities immersed 10,270 students in microgravity experiment design across 16 states (CA, CT, DE, FL, IA, KS, MA, MN, MS, MO, NJ, ND, OR, PA, TN, TX), and resulted in 2,446 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 8: Program Operations started February 23, 2015
CASIS support helped 6 of 14 Mission 8 communities participate. The 6 CASIS communities immersed 1,770 students in microgravity experiment design across 5 states (CA, DE, KS, MO, NY), and resulted in 441 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 9: Program Operations started September 8, 2015
CASIS support helped 20 of 22 Mission 9 communities participate. The 20 CASIS communities are projected to formally engage 12,650 students in microgravity experiment design across 14 states (CA, CT, FL, ID, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OR, SC, TN, TX, WA), and result in at least 2,760 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Watch Ken Shields, CASIS Director of Operations, present at the 2013 SSEP National Conference. For additional information, visit: http://www.iss-casis.org/ and explore all CASIS’s educational partners.


Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru
As a company, Subaru of America encourages innovation and embraces a culture that includes empowerment and continual learning. We recognize the importance of education, and especially STEM education, in helping to prepare and inspire our youth to become the next generation of business, science, community, technology, and education leaders.

Subaru of America believes that engaging students in unique learning opportunities, such as this model initiative, are important in bringing STEM education to life. Subaru is proud to be a national partner of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

As a National Partner, Subaru of America has to date made possible participation by 28 communities in 7 SSEP flight opportunities – SSEP Mission 2 to ISS, and Missions 4 through 9 to ISS. Due to Subaru’s commitment, these 28 communities engaged 9,442 students in microgravity experiment design, resulting in 2,347 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams (this includes projected impact from Mission 9 to ISS, which started September 8, 2015).

Click Here to See a Summary of Subaru of America Impact per Mission

Summary of Subaru of America (SoA) Impact per Mission

Mission 2: Program Operations started March 5, 2012
SoA support helped 2 of 11 Mission 2 communities participate: Pennsauken, NJ; and Chicago, IL. These 2 communities immersed 421 students in microgravity experiment design, and resulted in 100 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 4: Program Operations started February 25, 2013
SoA support helped 3 of 11 Mission 4 communities participate: Downington, PA; Highlands Ranch, CO; and Children’s First Network, NYC. These 3 communities immersed 876 students in microgravity experiment design, and resulted in 249 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 5: Program Operations started September 9, 2013
SoA support helped 1 of 15 Mission 5 communities participate: Pennsauken, NJ. This community immersed 393 students in microgravity experiment design, and resulted in 112 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 6: Program Operations started February 24, 2014
SoA support helped 4 of 18 Mission 6 communities participate: Oakland, CA; Colleton County, SC; Rockwall County, TX; and San Marino, CA. These 4 communities immersed 1,653 students in microgravity experiment design, and result in 396 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 7: Program Operations started September 8, 2014
SoA support helped 6 of 24 Mission 7 communities participate: La Verne, CA; Petaluma, CA: Santa Monica, CA; Littleton, CO; Hartford, CT; and Pennsauken, NJ. These 6 communities immersed 1,462 students in experiment design, and resulted in 399 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 8: Program Operations started February 23, 2015
SoA support helped 4 of 14 Mission 8 communities participate: Santa Ana, CA; Vista, CA; New York City – NEST+m, NY; and Suffolk County, NY. These 4 communities immersed 1,420 students in microgravity experiment design, and resulted in 367 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 9: Program Operations started September 8, 2015
SoA support helped 8 of 22 Mission 9 communities participate: East Lyme, CT; Boise, ID; Potomac, MD; Fitchburg, MA; Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY; Bullard, TX; Galveston, TX, and McAllen, TX. These 8 communities are projected to formally engage 3,217 students in microgravity experiment design, and result in at least 720 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

For additional information visit: http://www.subaru.com

 

2. SSEP National Partners – Cananda

Magellan Aerospace
Magellan 2

Magellan Aerospace believes strongly in the importance of youth and learning. We recognize the importance of education; especially STEM education, which is the groundwork for the next generation of scientists, and engineers.

Magellan Aerospace is proud to be a national partner, to help increase the opportunity for more Canadian students to participate in SSEP. Magellan sees this partnership as a investment in the youth of Canada, and in nurturing their interest in science and technology.

In the short period since SSEP expanded into Canada, the program has taken hold. Magellan participated as a funding partner for the first two Canadian communities in Stonewall, Manitoba and Kamloops, British Columbia and experienced first-hand the once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity that this program delivers to students. As a national partner now supporting communities for the next flight opportunities – Missions 8 and 9 to ISS, Magellan Aerospace is very pleased to be able to contribute in a meaningful way, to bringing the SSEP experience to Canadian youth.

Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, and defence and space agencies worldwide. From its corporate headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Magellan operates a network of facilities located in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Poland.

As a Canadian National Partner on SSEP, Magellan Aerospace has to date made possible participation by 4 communities in 2 SSEP flight opportunities – SSEP Missions 8 and 9 to ISS. Due to Magellan Aerospace’s commitment, these 4 communities are to engage 1,225 students in microgravity experiment design, resulting in 250 flight experiment proposals to be submitted by student teams (this includes projected impact from Mission 9 to ISS, which started September 8, 2015).

Click Here to See a Summary of Magellan Aerospace Impact per Mission

Summary of Magellan Aerospace Impact per Mission

Mission 8: Program Operations started February 23, 2015
Magellan Aerospace support helped 2 of 14 Mission 8 communities participate: Ryerson University and the Toronto School District Board, Toronto, Ontario; and University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, Ontario. These 2 communities immersed 375 students in microgravity experiment design, and resulted in 56 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

Mission 9: Program Operations started September 8, 2015
Magellan Aerospace support helped 2 of 22 Mission 9 communities participate: Langevin School, North Calgary, Alberta; and West Vancouver School District, Vancouver, British Columbia. These 2 communities are projected to formally engage 850 students in microgravity experiment design, and result in at least 195 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.

For additional information visit: http://www.magellan.aero

 

3. Conference and Launch Event Sponsors

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Big Kid Science provides fun and scientifically accurate books on topics in the Earth and space sciences for young adults, written by astrophysicist, educator, and company founder Dr. Jeff Bennett. Big Kid Science sponsored the launch event for SSEP Mission 3b and Mission 4 community delegations attending the launch of Orb-1 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Wallops Island, VA, on January 9, 2014. Aboard the Cygnus spacecraft were the Mission 3b Falcon II payload of experiments, and the Mission 4 Orion payload of experiments. For additional information visit: http://www.bigkidscience.com


NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium

nehb_web300x97ppiThe NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium sponsored the SSEP Community Network Meetings held at the Florida Institute of Technology in concert with the launches of STS-134, in May 2011, and STS-135, in July 2011. Nearly 300 SSEP students, teachers, parents, and stakeholders attended each of these launches. Consortium Associate Director Michaela Lucas delivered featured presentations on the National Space Grant Network at the meetings. For additional information visit: http://ne.spacegrant.org

 

4. Special Mention

Carnegie Institution of Washington / Carnegie Academy for Science Education

The Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW) was the host site for meetings of the SSEP Step 2 Review Boards in November 2010 for SSEP on STS-134 aand May 2011 SSEP on STS-135. These Boards selected the SSEP experiments to be flown on the final two Space Shuttle flights.  We are proud that CIW staff have participated in nearly every SSEP Step 2 Review Board since program inception in 2010.

 

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.