Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and Flight Night Announce Oklahoma Student Experiments Are Headed to Space

Press Release from Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and Flight Night

TULSA, Okla. (Dec. 4, 2020) –The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) and Flight Night are proud to announce Oklahoma students’ science experiments are planned to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) at 10:39 a.m. CST on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Once launched to the ISS, astronauts will complete the students’ experiments and return them back to Earth for post-flight analysis.

In 2019, students across Oklahoma designed experiments and presented their proposals at TRSA’s Tulsa Research Kids event. Local researchers and STEM professionals served as judges and chose six students, or three teams, as winners. The participating students attend Jenks Southeast Elementary and Summit Christian Academy.

Funded by Flight Night, and through the partnership of DreamUp and Nanoracks, LLC, this competition was designed to inspire students to think critically about the world around them and beyond. Through this initiative, students have created imaginative, testable experiments using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“We’re over the moon about bringing our Tulsa-area student scientists – and the dedicated educators who work with them – this select opportunity to have their hypotheses tested on the International Space Station,” Flight Night board member Bailey J. Siegfried said. “Every project submitted has the potential to find answers with real applications for the future of space travel and exploration.”

Space exploration captures students’ imagination and instills a passion for STEM programs. Additionally, exposing students to STEM-based curriculum helps foster a passion that develops into valuable skills that will aid these students in their future careers. The public is invited to join Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance for a virtual watch party on their Facebook page at 10:39 a.m. CST on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.


Media Contact: Sarah Floyd, sarah.floyd@tulsastem.org918.948.2342

About the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) is a nonprofit dedicated to building broad, deep and innovative pathways in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for all students to access high-impact careers. For more information, visit tulsastem.org.

About Flight Night

Tulsa Charity Flight Night is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation supporting STEM education programs and projects that inspire curiosity and learning in tomorrow’s leaders. The charity and original black tie boxing event were founded by the late Ray H. Siegfried II. In this same spirit of giving, the annual Flight Night event focuses on Ray’s aerospace legacy. For more information about Flight Night and the programs it supports, visit TulsaFlightNight.org.

About DreamUp:

Based in Washington, DC, DreamUp is the first company bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space. Uniquely positioned to inspire kids globally and engage them through scientific discoveries in space, DreamUp aims to foster an educational community where space-based research and projects will be available to all learners of all ages. DreamUp has a proven track record with more than 400 student research payloads from around the world launched on SpaceX and Northrop Grumman rockets to the International Space Station via a partnership with Nanoracks and its Space Act Agreement with NASA. For more information, visit https://www.dreamup.org/.

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