Clarkson University’s Institute for STEM Education to Participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program


Competition will ship a North Country Ok-12 scholar analysis challenge into area

Thanks to a lead donation from Corning Incorporated and the Corning Incorporated Foundation, Clarkson University’s Clarkson Discovery Challenge-Space (CDC-Space) has been accepted as a taking part neighborhood in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 16 to the International Space Station (ISS).

This thrilling STEM challenge builds upon the robust partnership and wealthy historical past of Ok-12 outreach between Clarkson University and regional faculty districts. Around 200 college students will study microgravity experiment design and proposal writing as a part of the SSEP. It is anticipated that 40 to 70 flight experiment proposals will likely be submitted by Clarkson’s scholar groups. From these proposals, certainly one of the experiments will likely be despatched into area to be carried out on the International Space Station.

Students will work in teams of 4-5 to develop and suggest experiments for the International Space Station by way of the fall. The experiment chosen by SSEP is anticipated to launch to the ISS in late spring 2022.

The idea of having a connection with NASA and space exploration has provided our students a highly motivating, engaging, and meaningful opportunity to participate in the process of scientific inquiry.  This program has generated extraordinary enthusiasm and inspired boundless creativity; we couldn’t have replicated this level of student engagement without the inspiration of SSEP,” stated Canton trainer Megan Smith.  

 “We’re excited to have the opportunity to judge these students’ experiments as well as coach them along the way through our support of Clarkson’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program,” stated Patrick Gilley, Corning Canton plant supervisor. “The Canton plant has worked on many projects that enable space exploration, including manufacturing the Destiny window on the International Space Station and the optics for the Hubble Telescope, and this project allows us to share our passion with the next generation of scientists and engineers.” 

“This project is awesome! Students develop their own investigation about microgravity and write a research proposal to compete against each other to send their experiment into space aboard the International Space Station, America’s National Laboratory! We are working with science teachers and middle and high school students from several school districts that include Harrisville, Canton, Brasher Falls, Parishville-Hopkinton and Norwood-Norfolk. Clarkson faculty and students will provide support to the students as experts in STEM.  We’ve had some excellent Clarkson Honors students who are a great help” stated Dr. Seema Rivera, Associate Director of the Institute for STEM Education at Clarkson University.

“Thanks to this chance, Clarkson University, Corning, and native North Country college students and academics are literally members in the American Space Program. It is an unbelievable honor and I can not wait to see what the college students suggest,” stated Dr. Katie Kavanagh, Director of the Institute for STEM Education at Clarkson University.

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 by way of a strategic partnership with Nanoracks LLC, which is working with NASA below a Space Act Agreement as a part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

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