March 12, 2018
Mr. Billy Beesley
iFORWARD Online Charter School
Grantsburg School District
500 East James Avenue
Grantsburg, WI 54840
Dear Mr. Beesley,
On behalf of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Flight Operations Team, I am excited to welcome iFORWARD-Grantsburg, WI as one of 31 participating communities for SSEP Mission 12 to the International Space Station.
SSEP is proud to report that there were a total of 2,498 proposals submitted from student teams across the 31 communities participating in Mission 12 to ISS, with students from iFORWARD-Grantsburg submitting 101 of those proposals. A subset of the iFORWARD-Grantsburg proposals underwent Step 1 Review locally, where three finalist proposals were selected to move forward to the National SSEP Step 2 Review Board. On November 30 and December 1, 2017, the Step 2 Review Board convened at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, reviewed all finalist proposals, and selected experiments to fly for each of the 31 participating communities. On December 14, 2017, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education formally notified each community of their selected flight experiments. It is noteworthy that the 2,498 proposals received reflected a total of 12,150 grade 5-16 students fully engaged in microgravity experiment design and proposal writing.
Selected for Flight from iFORWARD-Grantsburg was Grain Size and Distribution Analysis of Gallium in Microgravity, submitted by students in Grades 6-8 from iForward Public Online Charter School. The Honorable Mention Finalists for the community were Determining the Density, Porosity and Flexural Strength of a Cement Cylinder Set in Microgravity, submitted by students in Grades 6-8 from iForward Public Online Charter School and Fermentation of Yeast in a Microgravity Environment, submitted by students in Grades 9-10, from iForward Public Online Charter School.
Congratulations and we look forward to working with the iFORWARD-Grantsburg students to send their microgravity experiment to the ISS!
Senior Flight Operations Manager
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program