BISD 6th Graders to Experience Spaceflight

BISD 6th Graders to Experience Spaceflight
Posted on 09/19/2017
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Thanks to the $25,000 in grants provided by Dow, BASF, the University of Texas and the BISD Education Foundation, all sixth graders in Brazosport Independent School District will soon experience being part of a real spaceflight program.  

In July, Brazosport ISD was selected as one of only 32 communities across the country to participate in the national Student Spaceflight  Experiments Program (SSEP). Over 750 BISD sixth grade students will participate in real experimental design and proposal writing through a Flight Experiment Design Competition. The competition is conducted through a formal submission of real (but grade level appropriate) research proposals by the student teams – as is standard practice for professional researchers. The experiments will be designed around this essential question: What physical, chemical, or biological system would I like to explore with gravity seemingly turned off for a period of time as a means of assessing the role of gravity in that system?

A formal two-step proposal review process will select one student-proposed experiment from our community to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) to be operated by the astronauts in 2018. It will launch on a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, adjoining NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

“We are extremely excited to be able to provide this once in a lifetime, real-world experimental design opportunity to our students,” said Superintendent Danny Massey. “We are very proud of the efforts of BISD Science Coordinator, Jenna Clements and 5th grade teacher, Stephanie Gay to write and apply for this opportunity. We are very appreciative for the funding provided by Dow, BASF, UT and the BISD Education Foundation. Thank you for your continued support to help bring outstanding learning experiences to our students.”

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or 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 DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working 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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About National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) creates and oversees national initiatives addressing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, with a focus on earth and space. Programs are designed to provide an authentic window on science as a human endeavor. Central objectives of the Center’s programs are to help ensure a scientifically literate public and a next generation of U.S. scientists and engineers - both of which are of national importance in an age of high technology. NCESSE is a Project of the Tides Center. To learn more, visit:

About NanoRacks
NanoRacks LLC was formed in 2009 to provide quality hardware and services for the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station. NanoRacks now has two research platforms onboard the U.S. National Laboratory that can house plug and play payloads using the Cube-Sat form factor. Our current signed customer pipeline of over 50 payloads, including domestic and international educational institutions, research organizations and government organizations, has propelled NanoRacks into a leadership position in understanding the emerging commercial market for low-earth orbit utilization. To learn more, visit:
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