Damien Students to Send Experiment to the International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will ultimately activate the experiment within a specially designed test tube mini-lab while students simultaneously conduct the same experiment on Earth. Damien students will then analyze and evaluate the data from both the Earth-bound and microgravity experiments.

In addition to the science competition, all Damien students are invited to enter a mission patch design competition. The Damien student body will choose the final mission patch, which will best represent the Damien Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Damien’s participation in SSEP creates a valuable opportunity to engage students in real-world learning experiences. “As a school, we recognize the need to introduce and support high quality, inquiry based, hands-on science teaching for all our students,” said Charity Trojanowski, Co-Director of the Damien SSEP. “Through SSEP, we will have the opportunity to let the students become real scientists and partake in real science inquiry.”

The generous donors who enabled Damien’s participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program include Dr. James M. Lally (Joshua J. Simmons, ’08), William Saito ’87, Dr. Tas Dienes ’88, and the Ahmanson Foundation.

The SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, a non-profit organization that inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers in engaging their curiosity and intrigue. The SSEP is undertaken by the NCESSE in partnership with NanoRacks LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity 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.

For more information, please contact:

Charity Trojanowski
Co-Director of SSEP
(909) 596-1946, ex. 844

Angela Curry
Co-Director of SSEP
(909) 596-1946, ex.845