Mission 16 Information

This page will contain articles and updates about the Mission 16 project, where one PLSD student group will be selected to send experiment materials on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS)!

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PLSD Payload Will Travel to International Space Station 

About 200 Earth and Space Science Pickerington High School Central and North students are participating in a competition that is literally out of this world! As part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s (SSEP) Mission 16 project, one student group will be selected to send experiment materials on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS)! Secondary Science Instructional Coach Carla Fultz is the project co-director for Pickerington Schools (PLSD). 

“Students will work in teams of two to three to conduct research, design experiments and submit formal research proposals around the essential driving question, ‘What physical, chemical or biological system would I like to explore with gravity seemingly turned off for a period of time as a means of assessing the role of gravity in that system?’” said Fultz. 

About a dozen teachers and staff will also help students work on the proposals. SSEP will select the winning experiment that astronauts will perform in space in the spring. When the mission is over, students will study the data to determine if they proved their hypothesis. The Pickerington Education Foundation generously donated $2,500 to make this dream a reality for our PLSD project team.

The SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education Internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks, LLC, which is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the ISS as a National Laboratory.

“One of the most exciting parts of the program is that all K-12 students can participate in the Mission Patch Design Competition,” said Fultz. “Every mission has a patch, and one student’s design will represent PLSD on the ISS.”

Visit this webpage for the Mission Patch Design Competition details.

Fultz says PLSD is the first Central Ohio school district to join the SSEP program, with hopes it will be a recurring mission.

“Our wish is that we can do it again next year and expand it to junior high and middle school science students.”

Recent SSEP articles for more information: