Opportunity for schools to engage grade 5-16 students in the design of microgravity experiments for flight to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education announces Mission 12 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose microgravity experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS). One experiment in each community will be selected to fly to ISS. Mission 12 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education  organizations and 2- and 4-year colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 15, 2017. Find out more.

An important consideration – the expectation is that a team of educators in a participating community will engage typically 300 students, for a pre-college initiative, or 30-40 students for an undergraduate initiative, over 9 weeks of experiment design and proposal writing spanning September through November 2017. Students across the community are separated into teams of 3-5 students, each team designing and proposing a microgravity experiment, and making the case for why their experiment should be selected for flight to ISS. The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) provides a fully authentic research competition as a STEM Project Based Learning experience. Launch of the Mission 12 flight experiments is currently projected for Spring 2018.

The inquiry deadline is June 15, 2017