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[Stemed-l] STEM Opp (G5-16) - Student Expts on Intâ??l Space Station



Major STEM Opp (G5-16) September 2016 - Student Experiments on Intâ??l
Space
Station

May 2, 2016

Announcing: Student Experiments on International Space Station - Major
(G5-16)
STEM Opportunity Starting September 2016, Student Spaceflight Experiments
Program Mission 11 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the
Arthur C.
Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Student Spaceflight
Experiments
Program (SSEP) Mission 11 to the International Space Station (ISS).
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 aboard
ISS. One
experiment in each community will be selected to fly. There are
currently 25
experiments on ISS - one for each of 25 communities - and reflecting
over 10,000
students engaged in Mission 7 to ISS. Launched on SpaceX-8 from Cape
Canaveral
Air Force Station, FL, on April 8, the experiments on Station are
currently
being operated by astronaut Tim Peake.

THIS IS THE REAL SPACE PROGRAM, and we are truly inviting you to come
aboard.

Mission 11 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal
education
organizations, and colleges and universities. Interested communities must
inquire about the program no later than May 27, 2016. Note that for
pre-college
participation, an interested community will typically engage 300
students. For
pre-college, this is not a program for a small number of students.

The program nurtures ownership in learning, critical thinking, problem
solving,
navigation of an interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills
â?? 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
Spring
2017, and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and
analysis. A
9-week experiment design competition in each community, held September to
November 2016, 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 communityâ??s 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 May
27, 2016;
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 August 29, 2016, for a 9-week experiment
design
and proposal writing phase from September 6 to November 4, 2016. The
flight
experiment will be selected by December 15, 2016. Launch of the
Mission 11 to
ISS â??Americaâ?? experiments payload is expected in Spring 2017.

NEXT STEP: carefully read the SSEP Home page, which provides an Executive
Summary of the Program and the Mission 11 to ISS Flight Opportunity:
http://ssep.ncesse.org

Of interest: SSEP was showcased in Scientific American, February 17, 2015
http://goo.gl/9eSI0j

Contact: â?¨Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director and creator; cell
301-395-0770; jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

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