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STEM Ed Announcement: Student Expts on Space Station



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 Contact information is below.
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 Subject Line:
  Major STEM Opp (G5-16) February 2016 - Student Experiments on Intl Space
  Station
 
  October 11, 2015
 
  Announcing: Major (G5-16) STEM Opportunity for School Districts Starting
  February 2016 - Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Mission 10 to the
  International Space Station
 
  Deadline for Inquiry: All interested school districts and schools are asked
 to
  inquire no later than December 11, 2015
 
  Contact: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director; cell 301-395-0770;
 jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org
 
 
  The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C.
  Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 10 to the
 International
  Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-16 students
  across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience,
 where
  student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in
 low
  Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The program nurtures
 ownership
  in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an
  interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills  all reflective of
 the
  Next Generation Science Standards, the skills needed by professional
 scientists
  and engineers, and the skills desired by 21st century employers.
 
  Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research
  mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch
  services to fly the experiment to the International Space Station in Fall
  2016,
  and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and analysis. A 9-week
  experiment design competition in each community, held February through
  April
  2016, and locally engaging typically 300 students (if a pre-college focus),
  allows student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying
  for
  their community's reserved mini-lab on Space Station. A formal 2-step
  proposal
  review process, mirroring professional review, will determine the
  communitys
  flight experiment. Content resources for teachers and students support
  foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental
  design.
  Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to
  engage the
  community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education. This
  includes a local art and design competition for a Mission Patch to
  accompany the
  flight experiment to Station. SSEP is therefore more suitably characterized
  as a
  community-wide STEAM experience.
 
  TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by December
 11,
  2015; this allows schools and districts the time they need to assess
 interest
  with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation
 Plan.
  Communities must be aboard by February 15, 2016, for a 9-week experiment
 design
  and proposal writing phase from February 22 to April 22, 2016. The flight
  experiment will be selected by May 26, 2016. Launch of the Mission 10 to
 ISS
 Casper experiments payload is expected in Fall 2016.
 
  NEXT STEP: carefully read the SSEP Home page, which provides an Executive
  Summary of the Program and the Mission 10 to ISS Flight Opportunity:
 http://ssep.ncesse.org
 
  Of interest: SSEP was showcased in Scientific American, February 17, 2015
 http://goo.gl/9eSI0j
 
 
 
 
  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
  HERITAGE:
  Since program inception in June 2010, there have been 11 SSEP flight
  opportunities: SSEP on STS-134 and STS-135, which were the final flights of
  Space Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis; and SSEP Missions 1 through 9 to
  ISS. A
  total of 124 communities have participated in the program across the U.S.
  and
  Canada, and 28 communities have participated in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 flight
  opportunities, reflecting the sustainable nature of the program. Through
  the
  first 10 missions, a total of 49,260 grade 5-16 students (including 2- and
  4-year college communities) were fully immersed in microgravity experiment
  design, and 11,151 flight experiment proposals were submitted by student
  teams.
 
 
  CURRENT SPACEFLIGHT OPERATIONS:
  The SSEP Mission 6 to ISS "Yankee Clipper II" payload of 17 experiments was
  launched on the SpaceX-5 rocket, January 10, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air
  Force
  Station, Florida, adjoining NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Yankee Clipper II
  was
  operated on orbit by Space Station Commander Barry Wilmore. Yankee Clipper
  returned to Earth on February 10, 2015 aboard SpaceX-5, splashing down in
  the
  Pacific off the California coast. Many mission 6 student flight teams
  report
  findings at the 2015 SSEP National Conference at the Smithsonian in
  Washington,
  DC, July 2-3, 2015.
 
  We are now in pre-flight operations for the launch of the Mission 7 to ISS
  Odyssey II payload of 25 SSEP experiments, which is a re-flight of the
 original
  Odyssey payload that was lost with the destruction of the SpaceX-7 rocket
 2.5
  minutes after launch on June 28, 2015. Mission 7 Odyssey II launches on
 SpaceX-8
  from the Cape, expected in the January 2016 time frame. We are also in
  pre-flight operations for the Mission 8 Kitty Hawk payload of 15
 experiments now
  undergoing NASA flight safety review at Johnson Space Center in Houston,
 and
  launching on SpaceX-9 from the Cape. The 22 Mission 9 communities are in
 the
  midst of engaging 13,500 students in experiment design and proposal
 writing,
  with flight experiments to be selected by December 17, 2015, and a
 projected
  launch of the Mission 9 Endeavor payload in Spring 2016.
 
  THIS IS THE REAL SPACE PROGRAM, and we are inviting you to come aboard.
 
  SSEP STRATEGIC PARTNERS:
  National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
  Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education
  NanoRacks, LLC
 
  SSEP NATIONAL PARTNERS - USA
  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
  Subaru of America, Inc.
 
  SSEP NATIONAL PARTNERS - CANADA
  Magellan Aerospace
 
  This on-orbit, real research opportunity for students is enabled through
  NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act
  Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as
  a
  National Laboratory.
 
 
 
 

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