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DreamUp Update: Back to School
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DreamUp Update: Back to School
 
As students head back to school, we're sharing an update on what we’ve been dreaming up over the summer. We're also keeping our friends at NanoRacks in Houston in our thoughts and prayers right now. Many of them lost homes and other property in Hurricane Harvey. Please consider supporting them as they begin to rebuild.
DreamUp in the News
 
Check out our recent op-eds in STEM ConnectorDataversity, and Space.com, and learn about our vision for building the workforce of the future by engaging students in space research today.
Events: 2017 Boy Scouts Jamboree, ISS R&D Conf, Destination Imagination Global Finals

DreamUp was thrilled to provide space-based activities and information for participants at the 2017 Boy Scouts Jamboree, the ISS R&D Conference, and the Destination Imagination Global Finals. The Jamboree and Global Finals both drew tens of thousands of students from around the world to participate in a variety of activities such as problem-solving, hands-on STEM activities, and more. At all three events, hundreds of students visited us and learned about density, centrifugal force, microgravity, surface tension, and even compared grass growth on Earth and in space.
 
Check out our new Student Activities page and learn how to grow your own “Alien Head” and create a MixStix at home!

Top: Kathleen Fredette, DreamUp Educator from iLEAD Schools leads students through activities at the Destination Imagination Global Finals

Bottom Right: Student learns about surface tension

SpaceX CRS-12 Launch
 
On August 14th, we witnessed 28 DreamUp student payloads launch to the International Space Station when SpaceX CRS-12 lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Since the launch and berthing of the Dragon capsule carrying cargo and research, our students’ achievements have received fantastic coverage in the news.

  • The Ocean City Patch and The Current shared stories on Stockton University students who worked with our partner, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), to launch “Spores in Space: The Effects of Microgravity on Endomycorrhizae”.
  • The Chicago Tribune, CBS Chicago, and the Daily Herald highlighted the incredible work of Palatine, IL’s Boy Scout Troop 209 to design and launch their experiment. Troop 209 were the first Boy Scouts to send an experiment into space!
  • Israel Hayom has an article on the Ramon SpaceLab, a scientific education program which invited students to submit ideas, resulting in five MixStix investigations selected to fly to the ISS.
  • Rochester SSEP students were featured in The Democrat and Chronicle and WHEC for their experiment determining the speed of chlorophyll deterioration in microgravity.
  • WATE shared the experiment from Vine Middle School students, selected by SSEP, to test how microgravity affects the separation of blue-green algae from water.
  • The Australian students working with Cuberider-1, an educational module that runs on computer code were featured in the Blacktown Sun, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser.
Congratulations to all our students! We’re proud of your hard work, and thrilled the world can read about your incredible accomplishments.
DreamUp Blog Update

Be sure to read Dave Trejo's guest blog post about his experience joining his students from iLEAD Pacoima at the SpaceX CRS-12 Launch.
Valkyrie Falciani, from Stockton University, presenting at the Kennedy Space Center
BSA Troop 209 explains their experiment for "Xploration Outer Space"
Welcoming Lauren Milord

Lauren Milord joined DreamUp in July as our new Partnerships and Outreach Manager. Welcome, Lauren! In her role, she is bringing the opportunity to learn in space and conduct research in microgravity to students around the world. She comes to us from Boston Public Schools, where she worked as Community Engagement Specialist. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in International Security at Tufts University.
Coming Up
 
As the school year gets underway, DreamUp continues to inspire and empower students to reach for the stars.  Check us out at the upcoming International Astronautical Conference in Adelaide, Australia!
 
Best wishes for a great, STEM-filled school year. How can we help you bring your classroom to space this year? Let us know!
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