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SD43 Student Science Experiment going to Space


The finalist for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program has been announced. Click here to see which experiment will be going to space!


SSEP Overview

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) will be sending a student-designed science experiment to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Students of all ages in SD43 have an opportunity to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) run by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)

SSEP reflects the pedagogical approach to science education in SD43 – immersion in real science - requiring student ownership in exploration, focused inquiry embracing problem solving and critical thinking, and student team definition and defense of a proposed research program.

More than 1,600 students in Grades 5 through 12 will collaborate in groups of 3-5 to design experiments and related written proposals that may be sent to the ISS.  The winning proposal will be selected on December 15, 2016. The experiment would be part of the SSEP Mission 11 payload to the ISS, and is currently planned to launch on a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, adjoining the Kennedy Space Center, Spring/Summer 2017.

In addition to submitting project proposals, SD43 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will have the opportunity to submit a design for a “Mission Patch” that may, if selected, also fly aboard the ISS.

For more details and timelines, read the project updates below and stay informed on the progress over the duration of the project.

SSEP Experiments return to Earth 9/18/2017 11:08 AM
SSEP Mission 11 to ISS: Experiment Log9/5/2017 12:08 PM
Spacecraft carrying SSEP Mission 11 students experiments docks with ISS9/5/2017 11:48 AM
Student experiments blast off to space!9/5/2017 11:41 AM
Science Experiment Gets Packed for Big Trip to the ISS7/10/2017 12:23 PM
SD43 SSEP Mission Patch winners announced3/30/2017 3:57 PM
Selected Experiments on SSEP Mission 11 to ISS3/27/2017 10:18 AM
Media coverage of SD43 participation in SSEP program12/22/2016 11:11 AM
SD43 student experiment going to ISS announced12/16/2016 9:38 AM
SD43 SSEP finalists recognized12/2/2016 10:05 AM
Student Spaceflight Experiment Finalists Announced11/10/2016 2:56 PM
Minnekhada Middle Learning & Mentoring Event - Oct 6 - Recap10/7/2016 2:10 PM
SD43 SSEP Mission Patch Opportunity10/7/2016 12:29 PM
Heritage Woods Secondary Learning & Mentoring Event - Recap9/27/2016 11:51 AM
Heritage Woods Secondary Learning & Mentoring Event - Sept 239/21/2016 1:16 PM
SD43 Spaceflight Experiment - Media Release 9/20/2016 4:01 PM
SD43 Spaceflight Experiment - Backgrounder9/20/2016 12:38 PM
If you have questions, please contact Peter Chevrier, Manager of Community Relations at

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) ( is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)  ( in partnership with Nanoracks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828