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Help UTS Ontario students raise money to get their experiments on the ISS. Promote space science in Canada! We can't do it without you!
Thank you all for helping us participate in the SSEP program. This project will help promote space science in Canada! Find out more at www.utsoniss.com
Thank you all for helping us participate in the SSEP program. This project will help promote space science in Canada! Find out more at www.utsoniss.com
84 backers pledged CA$ 11,500 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

To Summarize:

  • 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
Only hours are left!!
Only hours are left!!

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 school
UTS school

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!

What each dollar means for our goal
What each dollar means for our goal

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:

UTS Students on simulator at IAC Conference 2014
UTS Students on simulator at IAC Conference 2014
Working hard in science labs on Earth
Working hard in science labs on Earth
Learning about space travel.
Learning about space travel.
Posing for a picture with the gracious Bill Nye the Science Guy
Posing for a picture with the gracious Bill Nye the Science Guy
Chris Hadfield inspiring our students at IAC conference
Chris Hadfield inspiring our students at IAC conference

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

 Russell has sold millions of dollars of his unique art pieces all over the world, including England, UAE, USA and in Canada.  See a video of his work here

This is a picture of the rocket

A picture of Rocket sculpture prize by Russell Zeid
A picture of Rocket sculpture prize by Russell Zeid

Finally:

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. 

Credits:  

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)

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Thank you to the Canadian Space Society for your support!
Thank you to the Canadian Space Society for your support!

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.

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    A sincere letter of gratitude will be sent to you electronically with an option to keep updated on our progress!

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    A copy of UTS centennial book along with a UTS pen.

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    Thank you for supporting us! We also have a very cool Canadian Space Society pin to send you and of course, our sincere gratitude

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    Upload the winning compilation of music pieces created from our grade 10 music students in a project based on this project!

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    Brand new copy of "the Human Body Close-Up" by John Clancy and a thank you

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    Open access to the notes in building up our projects once it's complete. All the science, the through process, all summed up for anyone to interpret, including microgravity results. The plans will be shared in June 2015 but the microgravity will have to wait until launched estimated to be in October 2015. Educators, some interesting lessons can be built around this data.

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    Brand New copy of "The Illiustrated Atlas of the Human Body" by Beverly McMillan in hard cover

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    Electronic copies of our Summative project set-up for the grade 9 science unit that teaches microgravity and inspires mentorship, Assessment as learning, and peer check-ins

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    Canadian Space Society Golf balls package of 3 (and a thank you from us!)

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    Membership in Canadian Space Society which costs $75. This way you support our project and gain membership to this engaging organization.
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    A potential spot to join our research team at the launch at Cape Canaveral! We will pick one person (+ guest) to enter behind the scenes and have a chance in a lifetime to watch a rocket launch first hand The expected time for this is fall 2015, but we cannot give an exact date yet, as that has not been announced. Please note this reward does not include travel or accommodation. (Note, we have 100 for these, so a bid for this gives you has a 1/100 probability)

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    Electronic copies of our Summative project set-up for the grade 9 science unit that teaches microgravity and inspires mentorship, Assessment as learning, and peer check-ins. Plus, all our data so that your community can set up the peer mentoring, with step by step instructions on how peer mentoring was set up electronically, how to involve community and the application process we went through for SSEP to speed you through it!

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    A sincere thank you from our students will be mailed to you, with winning patch copy on thank you from University of Toronto Schools and students and t-shirt with Patch and thank you.

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    A SIGNED copy of Colonel Chris Hadfield's latest book "You are Here" . We will also receive a thank you e-mail signed by our students for your help in getting us to the space station. (Donated for this project, we should mention)

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    A copy of the alumni book, a UTS blue coloured scarf and a UTS pen. A T-shirt from UTS saying "UTS thanks you for helping us to get to ISS" A copy of our patch will be sent to you by mail with a thank you from our students and admnistration

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    An original rocket designed by Russel Zeid, TV personality, mad Scientiest, whimsical steampunk inventor and metal artist

    This is an original Russell Zeid miniature. Rocketship in Steampunk style.

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    Your personal name or company will be listed as a sponsor on UTSonISS web site, our alumni magazine distribution facebook page, reveal day and written on our patch (which will travel to ISS) that will be put in launch. A T-shirt from UTS saying "UTS thanks you for helping us to get to ISS" A copy of our patch will be sent to you by mail with a thank you from our students and admnistration

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    Your personal name or company will be listed as a major sponsor on UTS web site, distribution facebook page, all publicity demonstrations for project and a copy our patch (which will travel to ISS) that will be put in launch. A T-shirt from UTS saying "UTS thanks you for helping us to get to ISS", and a UTS pen and Alumni book. Also, a Canadian Space Society Mug Set (2 mugs) A copy of our patch will be sent to you by mail with a thank you from our students and administration.

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    Your personal name or company will be listed as a major sponsor on UTS web site, our alumni magazine distribution facebook page, all publicity demonstrations for project and a copy our patch (which will travel to ISS) that will be put in launch. A T-shirt from UTS saying "UTS thanks you for helping us to get to ISS", and a UTS pen and Alumni book. A copy of our patch will be sent to you by mail with a thank you from our students and administration.

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    Your logo will be incorporated in patch design if you have a small business logo already
    Your personal name or company will be listed as a major sponsor on UTS web site, our alumni magazine distribution facebook page, all publicity demonstrations for project and a copy our patch (which will travel to ISS) that will be put in launch. A T-shirt from UTS saying "UTS thanks you for helping us to get to ISS", and a UTS pen and Alumni book. A copy of our patch will be sent to you by mail with a thank you from our students and administration.

    Estimated delivery: May 2015

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Funding period

- (35 days)