Student Spaceflights Experiments Program to Mission 12

Once again WNY STEM is exploring the final frontier with the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and an on-orbit commercial space venture.

Mission 12 investigators are from:

  • Dr. Charles R. Drew Magnet School, Buffalo
  • Futures Preparatory Academy
  • Research Laboratory Program for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at Bennett High School
  • Hamlin ParkĀ  Claude and Ouida Clapp Academy, Buffalo
  • Southside Elementary School, Buffalo
  • King Urban Life Center, Buffalo
  • Metro CDC Delavan Grider Community Center, Buffalo
  • Global Concepts Charter School, Lackawanna
  • Harry F. Abate Elementary, Niagara Falls
  • Tonawanda Middle School
  • Olean High School
  • Lockport High School
  • Wellsville Middle School

Over the next several months, students will research and write authentic experiments to be reviewed by a local panel of experts who will select an experiment for further review by SSEP’s panel.

Thank you for our donors for supporting this significant effort:

Lead Sponsors

  • National Grid
  • Praxair

Supporting Sponsors

  • Board of Directors, Staff and Friends of WNY STEM Hub
  • Buffalo Teachers Federation
  • Cannon
  • Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
  • Cornell Space Grant
  • Covanta
  • Cutco
  • Dresser-Rand Company, A Siemens Business
  • Dresser-Rand Challenger Center
  • First Niagara Foundation
  • InfoTech WNY
  • K-Technologies, Inc.
  • Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
  • Olin
  • Siemens
  • STANYS Southwestern Section
  • STANYS Western Section
  • Turner Constructions Company
  • Wendel

If you would like to support Mission 12, please email Cherie Messore, WNY STEM executive director at

Prior Missions:

Mission 9

SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the US and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.