DreamUp Delivers First of Its Kind Student Space Competition

DreamUp is expanding space-based educational opportunities around the world through unique partnerships like Überflieger, a student space competition run by DreamUp and the German Space Agency DLR.


German students captivated by the mysteries of the cosmos had an extra festive holiday season this December with the announcement of Überflieger, a competition to design an experiment to be run in outer space. Now that all applications are in, DreamUp is excited to announce its partnership with the German Space Agency DLR to manage and judge this contest, which will culminate in the selection of three student teams whose research idea will be launched and operated on board the International Space Station (ISS).  The winning experiments will be flown to the ISS in 2018 and conducted as part of German ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst’s next mission.

DreamUp is honored to unite some of the brightest minds in the aeronautical universe to assist students with their ideas and ultimately select the three Überflieger winners. These winning teams will receive expert technical support throughout the competition and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the launch of their payloads into space via the DreamUp myLAUNCH program. 

DreamUp looks forward to working with space agencies around the globe to bring this program to students in every nation.

Überflieger is the first of its kind student space competition open to all German university students. Credit: DLR

Alexander Gerst takes a spacewalk selfie during 2014 EVA. Credit: ESA/NASA

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Carie Lemack

An experienced innovator skilled in conceiving and building ideas into globally-recognized organizations, Carie Lemack has more than a decade of experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, advocacy and security policy. Currently the Cofounder and CEO of DreamUp, an organization bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space, she focuses on spearheading programs and partnerships to inspire the next generation of innovators and explorers.

 

Lemack co-founded Global Survivors Network, an organization for victims of terror to speak out against terrorism and radicalization. She coordinated and inspired events globally and produced an Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Killing in the Name.  In 2001, she co-founded and led Families of September 11.

 

Carie has testified before Congress and been interviewed repeatedly on national and international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, al Jazeera, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She authored opinion pieces that ran in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe and The Guardian, among others.

 

Before entering the non-profit sector, Carie worked at technology companies.  She spearheaded the creation of both a tech recruiting start-up (managing the marquee client Amazon.com) and the Boston office of a technology incubator. 

 

Lemack received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government after receiving an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in symbolic systems. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at GW's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Space Camp Alumni Advancement Board, and remains a lifelong member of Red Sox nation.

Another big DreamUp launch on SpaceX-10!

The time has finally come! After a long wait for the SpaceX-10 launch….Houston…we are in SPACE! 

Just this Sunday, SpaceX completed yet another historic launch. Not only did they launch the Falcon 9 from the historic Apollo/Space Shuttle Launch Pad 39A, they stuck yet another landing on the ground at Kennedy Space Center. Early this morning, the Dragon spacecraft safely reached the International Space Station with our student research on board.

This was a really exciting launch for the team at DreamUp as we had the fantastic V3PO students fly all the way from Germany to join us for the launch. These students crowd-funded their plant-growth research project and got some great advisors on board, including Airbus and BASF Crop Protection. With the team put together, the students commenced their vegetative plant propagation.

Learn more about the plant growth experiment here.

DreamUp had so much fun meeting the V3PO team. Here’s a photo of them receiving their DreamUp Wings certificates with the view of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in the background.

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We also had the pleasure of working with the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program on their Mission 9 to the International Space Station, launching another 21 experiments from student delegations all over the USA – and Canada too!

Students participating in SSEP Mission 9 started as young as 5th grade and ranged all the way up to 12th grade.  The 21 experiments ranged from subjects such as growing algae in space, to muscle tissue regeneration, the germination of quinoa, understanding kidney stones, and to testing all kinds of bacterial growth. Truly, the sky is not the limit for these students.

You can learn more about each of the incredible teams and  their experiments on the SSEP website.

All together, DreamUp was able to bring over 55 student researchers and advisors to this launch. We really saw our students’ perseverance when on the first planned launch date…the launch was scrubbed with just 13 seconds to go! They held on to all of their excitement and brought it to the launch the following day, with big smiles and loud cheers as they saw the rocket go up, holding on tight to their experiments.

The team at DreamUp of course gives a big thank you to NanoRacks for providing launch services including engineering support, booking our experiments on this SpaceX mission, and running the on-orbit operations!

LIFTOFF!

LIFTOFF!

The Story of Cuberider

By Sebastian Chaoui

Did you know that San, Ni, Ichi, Orosu, translates from Japanese to English as 3, 2, 1, liftoff? Incidentally, they were also the final words uttered by a blaring loudspeaker before a rocket carrying Australia’s first ever payload bound for the International Space Station came to life in the form of a blinding fireball headed towards the inky blackness of the night sky.

It was a tense day on Tanegashima island as I watched that same rocket make its final preparations before launch. If this flight was marred by failure, it would mark our 3rd and potentially last opportunity to make history. 

The reason is that, for the last two years, the people in my company, Cuberider, have been developing educational technologies that are set to revolutionise the way science will be taught in schools around the world. The Cuberider Space Program inspires students to care about their learning by giving them amazing (literally out of this world) opportunities that even researchers at the top of their respective fields would love. 

Our plan was to put code that would execute experiments developed by thousands of Australian students into a payload that was half the size of a cereal box. We would then take that box and give it to our good friends and long time supporters, Nanoracks, whose job it was to co-ordinate all of the resources necessary for our educational payload to fly to the International Space Station. Upon arrival, our payload would be integrated into the station. It would then begin to automatically run the experiments for the students and teachers who had excitedly developed their ideas for the better part of a year. Beaming scientific data back to Earth in an orderly fashion as the little box chugged through line after line of code.

Crazy idea, I know. But if this worked, we would potentially be changing the lives of countless students and educators everywhere. It was a risk we were willing to take. We also had great support from so many people who, like us, believed that this was worth doing. People like Wade McDonough who helped lead our technical developments and Jackie Slaviero who guided us through the completely foreign world of education were the new foundations of our growing success. However, all the idealism and support in the world wouldn’t mean anything if we didn’t deliver on what we had originally promised to schools: to be a part of Australia’s first ever mission to the space station. 

As the Japanese rocket began its ascent into the night sky at an ever increasing pace, it became a faint dot spec of light that was slowly being swallowed by the cosmos. The throngs of locals that came out to witness the event slowly started to leave as the most exciting parts were now over. I stayed on to make sure that I saw the rocket disappear completely into the sky. As the auspicious event drew to a close and reality began to set in, a great deal of relief came over everyone on our team. Although our mission wasn’t over, the biggest obstacle was now taken care of. Cuberider was in space! 

Once our payload was delivered to the space station several days later. It took us a while to connect it, but all is now well and good. We are now successfully running experiments in space and the impact that it is having on the lives of students is real. Students are completing  our program with a new found curiosity about the world around us, a passion for learning and a drive to make a difference in the world through science and technology. Even teachers are finding new joys in teaching traditional  syllabus dot points through the lens of our space program. 

Cuberider is dedicated to increasing science literacy throughout the world and we understand that improving the science education students receive before they enter the workforce plays an important role. What’s even more important is making the education that young people receive relevant to their dreams and aspirations. We are now increasing the capacity of our space missions and are looking for suitable candidate schools who share our values to take part in our 2017 space mission. If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking part of our life changing space program, let us know today. 

DreamUp Launches in 2017!


Throughout the first month of 2017, the DreamUp team has been busy implementing space-based educational programs around the world and strategizing new initiatives based on lessons learned from our first full year as a stand-alone company in 2016. We’d like to take the time now to share our reflections and give supporters a glimpse into what lies ahead. 

2016 was a leap year, and DreamUp leapt forward, providing unprecedented numbers of students from all over the globe the unforgettable experience of launching research projects to outer space. Over the course of 366 days, our team had the opportunity to engage over a thousand students from 113 schools and universities in hands-on space research experiments. 

Last year alone, we launched over 60 educational payloads to space on five different rockets, designed by student researchers from 7 different countries. We’ve also grown our myLAUNCH and DreamUp graduation programs – offering 50 students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a rocket launch and honoring over 100 DreamUp graduates with certificates to celebrate their incredible achievements and welcome them to our growing alumni community. 

Part of DreamUp’s core mission is to immerse students and educators at every level of education in the wonder of outer space through engaging programs that highlight the multifaceted applications of STEM skills and the growing opportunities in the global space industry.  In 2016, we produced and released our first-ever, completely free, curriculum for educators.  Located on our website, the “Eye in the Sky” curriculum was developed in partnership with Jenny Pieratt at CraftED and incorporates space-based data and images to help students determine whether the Earth is a just planet.  All are welcome to download and use this Next Generation Science Standard-compliant resource at no cost, but if you do, please send us feedback so we can incorporate your thoughts in our next curriculum release!

Looking ahead, we foresee a very active 2017. As we implement the first-ever DreamUp Challenge, realize partnership agreements with some of the largest school districts in the country, and invite more and more student researchers to experience the wonder of rocket launches, DreamUp will continue to improve our services as the leading provider for experiential learning in space. 

We can’t wait to share the exciting developments we’re working on – and hope you’ll follow along on our journey!

Carie Lemack
CEO and Co-Founder
DreamUp 

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Carie Lemack

An experienced innovator skilled in conceiving and building ideas into globally-recognized organizations, Carie Lemack has more than a decade of experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, advocacy and security policy. Currently the Cofounder and CEO of DreamUp, an organization bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space, she focuses on spearheading programs and partnerships to inspire the next generation of innovators and explorers.

 

Lemack co-founded Global Survivors Network, an organization for victims of terror to speak out against terrorism and radicalization. She coordinated and inspired events globally and produced an Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Killing in the Name.  In 2001, she co-founded and led Families of September 11.

 

Carie has testified before Congress and been interviewed repeatedly on national and international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, al Jazeera, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She authored opinion pieces that ran in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe and The Guardian, among others.

 

Before entering the non-profit sector, Carie worked at technology companies.  She spearheaded the creation of both a tech recruiting start-up (managing the marquee client Amazon.com) and the Boston office of a technology incubator. 

 

Lemack received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government after receiving an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in symbolic systems. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at GW's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Space Camp Alumni Advancement Board, and remains a lifelong member of Red Sox nation.

To The Future and Beyond

A note from DreamUp:

DreamUp is thrilled to release our first-ever STEM curriculum for use by all educators.  This Next Generation Science Standard compliant curriculum uses imagery from space to cover topics ranging from science, English Language Arts, math, and digital media with possible extensions into social and political science. Whether you are preparing for your own in-space experiment, or want a unique twist to your science class, our curriculum will bring space to your classroom, and your classroom to space.  Please download, use and let us know about the results!

We are also proud to host our first guest blogger, renowned curriculum developer Jenny Pieratt.  Her knowledge and experience incorporating cutting-edge techniques and theory into practical use in classrooms combined with DreamUp’s access to space-based images, data and information has resulted in the first-of-its-kind educational materials.  Her blog is a must read for any educator looking to stay informed, inspire their students and have fun learning! 


 

To The Future And Beyond:

by Jennifer Pieratt, Founder and President of CraftED Curriculum

Education today looks nothing like it did five years ago. I dare say that recent years in the field of education have shown the greatest shifts than ever before. I predict this trajectory will continue, as I heard recently that 85% of tomorrow’s jobs don't exist today. How do we prepare our children for a future that is beyond our imagination? We begin by focusing on skills that will allow students to not only exist, but lead us into these new territories of innovation.

 

 

Shift is Happening:

Education right now is in a current state of change. Teachers have turned the corner on grappling with the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and elementary and science-specific teachers are now diving into the latest initiative of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Both of these frameworks bring with them a paradigm shift for teaching and learning in a few ways:

1.     The teacher is no longer seen as the “sage on the stage”, they are now viewed as a facilitator guiding students in their own learning

2.     Students are asked to understand “the why” behind content. No longer can students simply state an answer, they must now be able to explain how they got there.

3.     Learning is now focused primarily on application vs rote memorization. As educators, we now strive to give all learning context and make connections between content and the real world.

4.     Skills matter - it’s not just about learning content, educators are now striving to explicitly teach skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity (4 Cs).

5.     Teaching students to ask questions carries as much weight as the ability to answer pre-existing questions. Inquiry-based learning is desirable not just to the sciences, but to all content areas and educators are evolving in our understanding of how to get students to ask quality questions.

These grand shifts have created an opportune moment for progressive ideologies such as Project Based Learning, Problem Based Learning and Inquiry-Based Learning to become more mainstream. The openness of these teaching practices, combined with flexibility and adaptability of CCSS and NGSS, have given teachers the freedom and possibilities needed to bringing teaching and learning to the next level.

 

Driving to Deeper Learning:

Many are categorizing this next level of teaching and learning as Deeper Learning. Deeper Learning includes a series of competencies that serve as a “north star” for what we hope our students to embody and demonstrate in school. Those competencies include: 

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The Hewlett foundation, along with leading educational organizations, are at the forefront of this agenda striving to provide models and continue to codify best practices.

In practice this looks like

 
 

It is worth noting that there are several vehicles to get to Deeper Learning, including PBL, PrBL, Inquiry-based learning; and each of these vehicles have the ability to move along the pathways laid by CCSS and NGSS. I would be hard-pressed to find an educator that doesn’t get behind the theory of Deeper Learning, however the challenge now is moving that theory into practice.

*Check out this video and website for more on deeper learning.

Tools to Pave The Road:

While there is an abundance of resources available online to provide supports for teachers looking to implement CCSS and/or NGSS, it can often be overwhelming and time-consuming to find the right fit for a particular grade or class. Similarly, while there are exemplar organizations sharing Deeper Learning projects, what our field lacks right now are in-depth teaching resources for explicitly scaffolding Deeper Learning Competencies. In direct response to this gap, CraftED Curriculum launched this past Spring.  This innovative program offers 50 projects, strategies and resources for teachers looking to teach deeper learning methodologies. To learn more about CraftED visit here.

CraftED is pleased to announce our partnership with DreamUp to join the growing movement of Open Educational Resources. Teachers interested in receiving free curriculum that incroportaretes Hewlett’s Deeper Learning Competencies, NGSS, CCSS and tech integration through the Urthecast Platform can download lesson plans here. This 18 page project “Eyes in the Sky” is the first of hopefully many to come! 

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Back To School With DreamUp

It’s back to school and back to space at DreamUp!  We’ve had an exciting summer and want to fill you in on the rocket launches, free spaceflight opportunities and why we need your vote to send DreamUp to SXSW.


Fly Your Research to the International Space Station for FREE!

DreamUp is 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 (ISS)!  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!

Please visit www.dreamup.org/current-contests or download this form for details on how to submit an experiment proposal.  We look forward to helping you explore the frontiers of science!


Send DreamUp to SXSW

What’s cooler than kids conducting research in space?  A chance to vote for DreamUp to talk about kids doing cool stuff in space at South by Southwest (SXSW) next year!

We need your help.  Please take 60 seconds to vote for a DreamUp panel called “Sky’s No Limit” that will focus on educational opportunities in space.  We envision inviting an astronaut, a student researcher and a payload integrator to speak, but before we can do that, we need your vote to make sure we’re accepted.  Only with your vote can we get there!  

Let’s show everyone at SXSW that Earth doesn’t limit us and inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts in school now, waiting for their chance to design experiments in space.

Please click here to vote before the polls close on September 2nd.  You’ll need to create an account in order to vote, and remember to add comments to improve the panel outline as you like.  PLEASE forward to your family, friends and anyone you think loves space, loves kids and loves an awesome future.


SpaceX-9 Launches

Spx9 Launch and Landing

 

If you think watching a rocket launch is an unforgettable experience, you should see one land!  On July 18th, the DreamUp team hosted DreamUp graduates at Cape Canaveral to watch 22 student research payloads break the bonds of gravity on their way to the International Space Station.  It was a rare chance to see SpaceX attempt to land the first stage rocket not far from the launch site, and they nailed it.  Even more spectacular was the fantastic results of all the experiments DreamUp graduates were able to conduct.


BlueOrigin

Do you love your school?  Help it LAUNCH to new heights! 

DreamUp is thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership with commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin. Starting this fall, the Suborbital Space Sponsor program offers alumni of any university and high school the opportunity to sponsor students at their alma mater to fly experiments to suborbital space and back on Blue Origin’s New Shepherd space vehicle.  More details will be forthcoming, but we are really excited to present this unique program that engages alumni to empower the next generation of innovators and explorers.  Any students or educators who are interested can contact DreamUp for assistance in reaching alumni from their educational institution.  Alumni are encouraged to let us know if you’d like to be part of the inaugural class of Suborbital Space Sponsors!


New Opportunities

Throughout the fall, DreamUp plans to roll out some very cool programs and partnerships, so please stay tuned.  In the meantime, if there’s anyway we can help bring space to your classroom or your classroom to space, let us know!

 

Happy back to school,

The DreamUp Team

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Carie Lemack

An experienced innovator skilled in conceiving and building ideas into globally-recognized organizations, Carie Lemack has more than a decade of experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, advocacy and security policy. Currently the Cofounder and CEO of DreamUp, an organization bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space, she focuses on spearheading programs and partnerships to inspire the next generation of innovators and explorers.

 

Lemack co-founded Global Survivors Network, an organization for victims of terror to speak out against terrorism and radicalization. She coordinated and inspired events globally and produced an Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Killing in the Name.  In 2001, she co-founded and led Families of September 11.

 

Carie has testified before Congress and been interviewed repeatedly on national and international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, al Jazeera, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She authored opinion pieces that ran in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe and The Guardian, among others.

 

Before entering the non-profit sector, Carie worked at technology companies.  She spearheaded the creation of both a tech recruiting start-up (managing the marquee client Amazon.com) and the Boston office of a technology incubator. 

 

Lemack received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government after receiving an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in symbolic systems. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at GW's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Space Camp Alumni Advancement Board, and remains a lifelong member of Red Sox nation.

EdTech Business Development Manager

You may download career posting here.

Do you love space?  Want to join a fast-growing team and bring space into classrooms?
DreamUp is launching the education world to new heights.  We’re 6 months old, have flown scores of experiments from schools around the world to the International Space Station and are seeking an entrepreneurial sales-oriented self-starter to join our mission.  If you love space, can sell into the educational community and are comfortable making things happen, let’s talk about this fast-paced, non-linear position.

About DreamUp

DreamUp is a public benefits corporation, which means we aim to bring good into the world (and the rest of the universe) while bringing value to our customers and shareholders.  We provide space-based educational and media services to students and entrepreneurs via our launch services provider, NanoRacks LLC, and are uniquely positioned to engage kids nationwide with the most cutting-edge space research and developments.

DreamUp is seeking a self-motivated and talented full-time EdTech Business Development Manager to grow our customer base and develop unique and impactful programs to bring the magic of space-based research opportunities to a growing number of students around the globe. 
 If you want to make an impact in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and do some good while doing it, read on.


Primary Duties

Develop educational payload customer base for DreamUp

  • Identify potential customers and build relationships
  • Manage client relationship from initial contact through contract signing
  • Communicate customer needs to launch service provider 
  • Determine feasibility of customer research (working with launch service provider) and modify as needed

Envision, realize and enhance partnerships to scale customer base

  • Research and identify target organizations with which to partner
  • Conceptualize partnership programs with measurable goals
  • Conduct and manage outreach to potential partners
  • Grow programs and continue to improve outcomes
  • Collaborate with Manager of Creative and Strategic Planning on developing and implementing myLAUNCH platform

Play an active role in a dynamic start-up

  • Take on day-to-day responsibilities as new projects and opportunities arise
  • Provide counsel to CEO on wide variety of issues
  • Fix problems as they arise, on an office-wide, customer-specific and organizational basis
  • Enjoy the honor of bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space

Basic & Required Traits, Knowledge & Skills

  • 2-5 years of experience in sales, business development, education or related field is highly desired
  • Basic knowledge and use of personal computer with typical business software
  • Stellar written and verbal communications skills are mandatory
  • Must be able to travel (10-30%) and work non-standard hours periodically
  • A passion for customer service and the ability to provide exceptional customer experiences is a must

Desirable Traits, Knowledge & Skills

  • U.S. Citizenship preferred
  • You don’t need to be an expert in everything space, but a passion for what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere is a plus

Education

Preference for candidates pursuing or have completed a 4-year degree in Education, Business, Marketing, Communications, or related fields.


Location

This position located at the DreamUp’s downtown DC Office between McPherson and Franklin Squares.

Benefits

Working with a start up means we all have some skin in the game.  Your salary is based on experience & performance, and may come to include commission or equity.   We offer flexible work conditions, medical and dental insurance, as well as monthly Metro card stipend. And did we mention you get to see rockets launch into space ?


To apply, please send resume to careers@dreamup.org.  We can’t wait to hear from you!