Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

  • SSEP  is an opportunity for any KCS school to compete in an exciting experiment design competition offered by the National Center for Earth and Space Sciences Education and NanoRacks. Students work collaboratively to design an experiment that examines the effect of microgravity, with the goal of actually sending their experiment to the International Space Station (ISS) to be tested by astronauts.


    One winning experiment design from KCS will in fly to the International Space Station in the Spring of 2019, along with 30 other student-designed experiments from across the continent. On the ISS, the experiment will be tested in a real microgravity research mini-laboratory, while the student teams conduct their own ground truth experiment.

    Teams of 3-5 students design real microgravity experiments through research and base testing, and submit formal flight experiment proposals. Students must be in grades 5 – 12 to participate. As is the case with professional researchers, each team is vying for the limited, and prestigious research opportunity provided to the KCS community. Will your school’s experiment be one that flies?

    For more information about SSEP at Carter Middle School, email katrina.whipple@knoxschools.org

Previous Carter Middle Projects

  • The Effect of Microgravity on Mold Growth - 2019/2020 KCS 2nd Runner-Up

  • The Effect of White Button Mushroom Growth in Microgravity - 2018/2019

  • The Effect of Invertase on Glucose in Microgravity - 2018/2019

  • The Effect of Microgravity on Tooth Decay - 2017/2018 KCS Winners