In short, what's this project about?
Science education is especially exciting when it’s applied to the real world. Our school has the chance to go one step further: Apply it OUT of this world! We are in a program where our top experiment will be performed on the ISS. The actual ISS! We have been accepted in the amazing SSEP program.
- UTS has joined the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 8
- UTS students will compete to have their experiments carried out in SPACE on the International Space Station
- Experiments are 100% student conceived, designed, developed, and tested on Earth
- Our teams are working in mentor groups with junior students being teamed with senior students
- The top experiment is GUARANTEED a spot on the Kitty Hawk flight to the ISS (expected departure date Fall 2015)
If any of the following is important to you, than this project will resonate with you:
- Canada needs to be a leader in science, technology and innovation
- Space research has contributed to some of the most innovative technologies that exist today
- I want to help in the growth of science, technology and innovation
- I want to positively inspire and contribute in the education of our youth
More about this Project:
Space exploration is an inevitable part of our futures. Travel and research in space is an integral part of our world, but more than that, some of our greatest modern innovations have come from space. Inventions that range from dried foods, to fire retardants, to medical innovations to countless energy and transport innovations and so much more are a by-product from research conducted in or for space research. If we want to continue to innovate in science, there is no doubt our students and youth must be involved and have the chance to be involved in the space program.
Such an opportunity has come to our central Canadian school, the University of Toronto Schools (UTS). UTS is located in central Toronto, with an affiliation to the University of Toronto and a chance to do some of the research in partnership with some of their laboratories and complete access to all university libraries.
UTS will participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s (SSEP). The SSEP Mission 8 to the International Space Station (ISS). We will do this by having a school competition across grades to design micro-gravity experiments in science. We are the first school in Ontario to participate, and third community in Canada. We are very excited for the opportunity to conduct real scientific research with our students in a curricular context and using microgravity on the ISS.
Just to be involved in the project, our school must pay the NCESSE $27000 CAD to be in the program (As a benchmark, to send one astronaut into space via the Russians now costs NASA $72 Million U.S.). Once the launch begins, we will also send students to the launch site and will need to raise funds for this. Some of the money is being raised in specific corporate sponsorship, but we need to ensure our place in the project plus raise money for travel.
1)UTS must pay NCESSE $13500 by the end of February, 2015
2)the second installment of $13500 by May, 2015.
3)We must also raise money for travel and experiment costs
On Kickstarter, we are trying to raise at least $10000 of what we need to raise to have the first payment to be involved in the project, and have a buffer for the second installment or the travel costs for the students.
Since the ISS is 430 km from Earth, by our calculations every $1 towards the project gets us 15 m (approximately 10 of our grade 9 students standing on top of each other) closer to our goal of reaching the ISS!
The Student Space Flight Experiments Program (http://ssep.ncesse.org) is undertaken by the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally, and the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education within the U.S. 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.
The benefits to students:
• First, an opportunity to learn about and deeply understand microgravity
• Community involvement and cross-curricular combined grade team effort
- Chance to work in space!
• Working with all aspects of program from fundraising, art competitions, public relations, planning, research, experimentation and of course the science itself
• Possibility to co-author in scientific journals
• Be a part of the exciting world of space discovery
The benefits to the community at large:
• Helping the promotion of space science in Canada in general • Encouraging youth involvement in the space race
• Focussing media and public relations on science and technology
• Nourishing the development of future aeronautical engineers, systems engineers, biomedical careers, artists, astronauts and general innovative creative contributors in your community!
How we will do it:
·Microgravity is being taught throughout the school
·A brainstorm from the entire school will be completed by the end of January on various projects that could practically be done with student guidance and the involvement of the Canadian Space society
·Junior and senior students will work collaboratively and further develop their projects in February to April. In this way, there is leadership and co-operation involved in the planning
Groups will also work with mentors within the school and academic volunteers from corporations and universities.
·In English classes, the students will further their skills in writing research grants and proposals
·For some projects, there may be collaboration with University of Toronto laboratories, for further work on the equipment
·Their proposals will relate to scientific topics in sustainability, chemistry, bio-medicine, physics environment, or engineering and will be set up so that the experiment can run in microgravity and on Earth to note any differences
The interest in astronomy was peaked this year when our students had the chance to attend the IAC Astronomy Conference
Here are some pictures of our students in action:
More on our Rewards:
1. The Rocket Design by Russel Zeid, has been donated generously for this project. Find out more about Russell's other projects here http://youtu.be/hg2BoznDV8k
This is a picture of the rocket
We need your help. Your help and investment in this project is not only an investment in UTS, but an investment in scientific research in general in Canada, North America and the world. You hold an instrumental part in inspiring and engaging our youth in this extremely important aspect of our future.
The music used in this video was created by the European Space Agency for Rosetta
Gratitude to the following poeple for their help in the video. Amazing camera men - students Jerry Y. and Zhenglin L.
Mr. Charlie Pullen and Dr. Roberto Perez Gallucio
A List of our Major Sponsors:
- Michaele Robertson and Barry Wansbrough
- UTSPA (UTS Parents Association)
Risks and challenges
The major risk for this project is not raising enough funds or media attention, and thus, not being able to participate.
We are extremely confident an innovative project will come out of our community. We must ensure that it is easily executable for the ISS mini-laboratory, and that we conform with all of NASA specifications in space flight.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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