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December 3, 2021

Todd Marshall
Director of Communications,
Marketing and Development
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Texarkana ISD Students Compete for Experiment to be Sent to the International Space Station in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

Texarkana ISD (TISD) was selected to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 16 to the International Space Station that will launch this Spring/Summer 2022. We are part of 24 participating communities in 3 countries; USA, Canada, and Ukraine. This program gives students the ability to design and propose real microgravity experiments that are proposed to be conducted aboard the International Space Station. 

In the SSEP program, students develop their own investigation about microgravity and write a research proposal to compete against the other groups to send their own experiment into space aboard the International Space Station.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Science Honors courses and all 5th grade Morriss Elementary students have spent the past 6 weeks learning about microgravity experimental design and proposal writing as part of the SSEP requirements. 

Students were able to choose their own groups of 2-4 students to develop and propose microgravity experiments. Over 140 proposals were submitted by teams of students.  Out of these proposals, the Step 1 Review Board (Dr. Catherine Howard and Mr. Delbert Dowdy from Texarkana College and Mr. Nathan Upchurch from Texas High School) diligently and thoroughly reviewed them to pick the top 3 proposals. The top 3 proposals will be sent to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education where the SSEP Step 2 Review Board will convene and pick our proposal that will fly this Spring/Summer.  

We would like to congratulate these student groups for being chosen as the top 3 proposals that will be sent to the SSEP Step 2 Review Board. One of these proposals will fly to the International Space Station this Spring/Summer!! Our Final Proposal selection results should be in by December 16th, 2021.

Effects of Microgravity on the Crystallization of Perovskite Solar Cells
Catie Loomis, Lillian LeFors, Maya Olson, Devine Portlock (From Left to Right)

What are the effects of microgravity on the growth of a Fragaria x ananassa seedling?
Laney Russ, Emma Kate Taylor, Reese White, Mackenzie Wiley (From Left to Right

The Effects of Space Travel and Microgravity on Hybrid Brine Shrimp Eggs?
Tiffany Bowen, Jaeden Rios, Rivers Glass (From Left to Right)

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 Nanoracks LLC, which is 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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