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The importance of more missions has gone beyond the business side of space. The launches have meant added opportunities for educators to expose students to science-based research.

Blue Origin frequently sends rockets into low-earth orbit, often carrying experiments developed and built by students in high school or younger, said Carie Lemack, co-founder and CEO of DreamUp.

“It’s an opportunity to build the next generation of workforce of innovators and explorers,” she said. “They are so thrilled to think that something they build can go to the space station.”

Other experiments that launched on New Shepard included the following:

  • A student payload from DCS Montessori Middle School in Castle Pines, Colorado. The first part was an Arduino Nano mini circuit board that included sensors and was designed and programmed by the students. The second was a school-wide art project. The school partnered with DreamUp (an educational organization that focuses on space) to create a curriculum with this flight as a “teaching moment,” the school said in a statement. 

Blue Origin Photo

No, the orbiting astronauts aren’t whipping up a batch of sugar cookies for Christmas. They will use the sugar to grow crystallized rock candy in zero-gravity, while students — including some at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in Locust Point — grow it on Earth and compare their progress.

The Crystal Growth Experiment, as the interactive science project is known, was designed by DreamUp, NanoRacks and Xtronaut, which develop space-related science, technology, engineering and math programs for schools.

Our Students in the News

Stockton University students

The Ocean City Patch and The Current shared stories on Stockton University students who worked with our partner, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), to launch “Spores in Space: The Effects of Microgravity on Endomycorrhizae”.

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Palatine, IL’s Boy Scout Troop 209

The Chicago TribuneCBS Chicago, and the Daily Heraldhighlighted the incredible work of Palatine, IL’s Boy Scout Troop 209 to design and launch their experiment. Troop 209 were the first Boy Scouts to send an experiment into space!

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Israel Hayom on the Ramon SpaceLab

Israel Hayom has an article on the Ramon SpaceLab, a scientific education program which invited students to submit ideas, resulting in five MixStix investigations selected to fly to the ISS.

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Rochester SSEP students

Rochester SSEP students were featured in The Democrat and Chronicle and WHEC for their experiment determining the speed of chlorophyll deterioration in microgravity.

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Vine Middle School students

WATE shared the experiment from Vine Middle School students, selected by SSEP, to test how microgravity affects the separation of blue-green algae from water.

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Australian Cuberider Students

The Australian students working with Cuberider-1, an educational module that runs on computer code were featured in the Blacktown Sun, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser.

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