Schools in Space Contest

2016-2017 Academic Year

DreamUp will be running its inaugural Schools in Space contest for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This contest allows students to engage with STEM in a fun way that pushes their imagination – by launching a science experiment to the International Space Station!  DreamUp and its funding partners will be granting up to 75 schools the opportunity to run their science experiment aboard the ISS.

Best of all, this is absolutely free to schools and their students, as DreamUp’s funding partners will be covering 100% of the costs!

Contest Details

Please fill out the attached application by October 31, 2016. You can fill out the application below, or download and email the application to us at The application can be for a single classroom, an entire grade, or even an entire school.  A single school may also submit multiple proposals, though each school may only have one winner.  Each entry must have a sponsoring teacher, principal, or other eligible educator member, but experiment ideas can originate from either a student, class or educator.  

Winners will be announced by January 1, 2017, along with the timeframe for launch (which will be determined based on the capacity of our space launch partners).  These experiments are estimated to launch in spring of 2017.   

Experiment Criteria and Guidelines

Experiments must be able to be conducted within a “MixStix."

  • Total of 10 Ml of volume in which to conduct the experiment
  • Experiment accommodates 1-3 compartments that can be combined during flight

Any actions that need to take place will be performed by an automated process, which means the experiment can only require the following actions: clamp (placing a clamp on the MixStix to separate into compartments), unclamp (opening a clamp to allow two compartments to mix), shake (shaking the stick to cause a reaction), wait (waiting, for example after unclamping before shaking).

From the time your MixStix is turned over, it will be about one week until it flies, so any living matter in MixStix must be able to survive that timeframe.

Experiments must contain a unique element in which the findings can only be obtained via a space launch.

Winners will be provided with a MixStix and up to $250 reimbursement for materials.  Students, guided by their educator, will load the MixStix with the experiment materials in the classroom before returning it to DreamUp for flight.


Educator Name:  Mr. Neil Armstrong

Educator Phone Number: 202-867-5309

Educator Email:

Educator School:  Space School of America

Students for Experiment (specific class, grade, club, etc):  Space School’s entire 7th grade

Number of Students Represented: 90

Experiment Title:  Do oil and water mix in space?

Short Description of Experiment:  We hope to learn whether or not oil and water mix in space.  It is well known that these two materials do not mix on earth and remain separate, but we want to test whether this remains the same under microgravity.  We will fill ½ of the MixStix with oil, ½ with water, and put a clamp in the middle.  Once launched, the MixStix should be unclamped so we can see the results upon the MixStix’s return.  We will also combine oil and water in a tube here, so we can see if there is any difference in the sticks upon the MixStix’s return from space.

What Materials Are You Using:  In addition to the MixStix and one clamp, we will need just oil and water.  We estimate the total cost of materials to be $5.

Special Considerations for Experiment:  After setting up our experiment, the MixStix can be turned over to DreamUp one week or more before going into orbit without negative impacts, as the oil and water are non-perishable.

You can also download the application here, and submit to us via email or fax at:


Fax: 202-846-1035


Educator Name *
Educator Name
Educator Phone Number *
Educator Phone Number
Specific class, grade, club, etc
Example Hypothesis: Do oil and water mix in space?
What do you hope to learn?
Water, seeds, epoxy, etc?
Is anything perishable or living? Will it survive launch? Note: Once an experiment is selected, it will average 9 months until launch.