[MSTA ] FW: Request for Dissem Help:) 2013-14 Major STEM Opp (G5-12) - Student Expts on Int’l Space Station

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Mon May 20 18:50:04 CDT 2013

>Subject Line:  2013-14 Major STEM Ed Opp (G5-12) - Student Experiments on
>Int’l Space Station
>May 20, 2013
>Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Seventh Flight
>Opportunity - SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station for the
>2013-2014 Academic Year
>Opportunity for a School District, Even an Individual School, to Engage a Few
>Hundred Grade 5-12 Students in Very Real Microgravity Experiment Design for
>Flight to the International Space Station (ISS)
>Note: this program is not for an individual class.
>From Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Director of the (501c3 non-profit) National Center for
>Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S, and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute
>for Space Education internationally, and creator of the SSEP initiative -
>Dear STEM education colleague,
>The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program was designed as a model U.S.
>national STEM education initiative to inspire and engage the next generation.
>SSEP provides truly authentic STEM education experiences with seamless
>integration across STEM disciplines, and cross-disciplinary connections to
>reading, writing, communication, and art and design. And it is garnering very
>significant media attention at the local and national level.
>We are truly inviting YOUR students to be real researchers, and your community
>to be part of America’s Space Program – in fact we want you to have your OWN
>Space Program.
>1. For school districts, even individual schools, SSEP provides an opportunity
>to implement a systemic, high caliber STEM education program tailored to local
>curricular need, which immerses a community of grade 5-12 students in every
>facet of authentic research. The program is designed to reflect the Next
>Generation Science Standards.
>2. The program is designed to inspire and engage the next generation of
>scientists and engineers, and is accomplished by providing each participating
>community their own very real Space Program. This is not a simulation.
>3. More broadly, SSEP is about a commitment to student ownership in exploration,
>to science as journey, to the joys of learning, and to science as an
>interdisciplinary tapestry that extends to vital written and oral communication
>skills, and design.
>4. The program uses a Community Engagement Model for STEM Education, which can
>extend to all K-12 students, their teachers, and families, and generate
>significant excitement across the community.
>SSEP Mission 5 to ISS will provide each participating community a real
>microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single
>microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to ISS in
>Spring 2014. Mirroring how professional research is done, student teams across
>the community design their own microgravity research programs, and submit real
>but grade level appropriate research proposals. Proposals from across the
>community go through a formal review process, and the community’s flight
>experiment is selected by a Review Board meeting at the Smithsonian National Air
>and Space Museum, a National Partner on SSEP. The design competition - from
>program start, to experiment design, to submission of proposals by student teams
>– spans 9 weeks from September 9 to November 11, 2013. Content resources for
>teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in
>microgravity and experiment design.
>This is a true science immersion program where students are asked to be real
>scientists and go through the exact same process as professional researchers
>vying for research resources and research opportunities.
>SSEP addresses a wide range of biological and physical science disciplines,
>including: seed germination, crystal growth, physiology and life cycles of
>microorganisms (e.g. bacteria), cell biology and growth, food studies, and
>studies of micro-aquatic life. Students design experiments to the technology and
>engineering constraints imposed by a real research mini-lab and flight
>operations to and from Earth orbit.
>9-Week Experiment Design Phase in Your Community: September 9 to November 11,
>Selection of Your Community’s Flight Experiment: December 12, 2013
>Ferry Flight to ISS: Spring 2014
>Ferry Flight Return to Earth: expectation is Launch + 6 weeks
>National Conference at Smithsonian in Washington, DC: early July 2014
>JUNE 30, 2013; schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff
>and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan.
>DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITIES TO BE ABOARD (approved Plan and funded):
>September 4, 2013. To meet this deadline, the Center needs to begin working with
>interested communities as soon as possible.
>Since program inception in June 2010, there have been six 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 4 to ISS.
>To date, 60 communities have participated in the program. Not yet counting
>Mission 4 to ISS, a total of 17,670 grade 5-14 students were fully immersed in
>microgravity experiment design and proposal writing, and 4,347 experiment
>proposals were submitted by student teams. To date, 14 communities have
>participated in 2, 3, or 4 flight opportunities, reflecting the sustainable
>nature of the program.
>Latest news: the payloads containing the 28 Mission 3 and Mission 4 flight
>experiments, one experiment selected for each of 28 participating communities,
>are scheduled to launch this Fall on SpaceX-3 Dragon out of Cape Canaveral Air
>Force Station adjoining Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and aboard the historic
>flight of Orbital Sciences D-1 Cygnus out of the nation’s new spaceport the
>Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Virginia. Community delegations will
>be in attendance. (YES THIS IS VERY REAL.)
>The initiative was also highlighted last year at the 2nd Annual White House
>Science Fair event.
>1. CAREFULLY read the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program home page (link
>below), which includes links to all aspects of the program, including program
>operations, how to participate, profiles of the 60 communities participating to
>date, and summaries of all selected flight experiments. Also below are the links
>to the extensive media coverage, and program testimonials from community
>2. Contact us via the SSEP home page, or call me directly at: 301-395-0770
>SSEP HOMEPAGE: http://ssep.ncesse.org
>TESTIMONIALS: http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/in-our-own-words/
>MEDIA COVERAGE: http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/in-the-news/
>Be part of history by making history
>Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director
>Cell: 301-395-0770   Email: ssep at ncesse.org
>National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
>PO Box 2350
>Ellicott CIty, Maryland 21041
>National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
>Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education
>NanoRacks, LLC
>Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
>Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
>Subaru of America, Inc.
>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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