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Adia was paired with Carie Lemack from DreamUp, an organization which aims “to empower and engage learners and provide them with the opportunities they need to realize their potential to lead the human race on Earth, in space and beyond.” Carie was impressed with Adia’s idea.

“Adia’s desire to not only research a fascinating science question, but also to improve health care for all space travelers was a compelling aspect to her experiment submission,” said Carie.

DreamUp along with their partner NanoRacks will work closely with Adia to prepare her experiment to be conducted on the ISS.

Glass beads, broccoli, severed worms, baby teeth and a whole lot of human spit are flying in space as part of student-designed experiments.  

On June 29, students watched as the experiments they designed and built soared into the predawn Florida sky on their way to the International Space Station. The experiments launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship on the CRS-15 cargo delivery mission for NASA, and the Dragon arrived at the space station this week.

The students were led by DreamUp, an organization that aims “to bring space into the classroom and the classroom into space,” according to its website. The project involved students from four continents for this launch, as it aims to be inclusive, Carie Lemack, co-founder and CEO of DreamUp, told Space.com.

DreamUp uses the wonder of spaceflight to ignite young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through competitions, flight opportunities, and curricular support materials, the company empowers educators and students to use space to enhance education. However, DreamUp’s mission extends beyond the classroom.

“Ultimately, we look at our organization as focusing on workforce development,” said Lemack. Participating in authentic space-based research helps inspire students to become scientists, engineers, and innovators who will thrive in the globalized, technology-driven 21st century.

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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