Burleson ISD Space Night Set for November 8

Event Showcases Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Projects & Patch Designs, Science Exhibits

BURLESON, Texas (Nov. 2, 2018) – The Burleson Independent School District (BISD) will host its fifth annual Space Night event to showcase Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 13 to the ISS microgravity experiments and mission patch designs. Local judges will review student team submissions to determine which three flight experiments move on to the SSEP Mission 13 to the International Space Station (ISS) Step 2 Review Board, which will select the experiment that will eventually fly to the ISS.

Space Night will be held at Centennial High School, located at 201 S. Hurst Rd., in Burleson, on November 8, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“More than 3,000 of our students are participating in the SSEP program this year,” said Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, BISD Chief Academic Innovation Officer. “Space Night is a great way for parents and science professionals to see firsthand the hard work and research students put into their Mission 13 microgravity design experiments.”

Space Night is open to the public and also features multiple science exhibits, including:

  • Meteorites from the Monnig Meteorite Gallery
  • Moon rocks from the Texas NASA Space Grant Consortium
  • Inflatable planetarium from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Space exploration presentation from the National Space Society of North Texas
  • Telescopes for stargazing from the City Lights Astronomical Society for Students
  • Presentation on rockets and the science of a launch from TCU Astrophysicist


This year’s panel of judges is comprised of teachers and science professionals, including private sector engineers, college professors from MIT, TCU and UNT, science professionals and educators.

SSEP is a U.S. National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education program that immerses students in every facet of authentic scientific research of their own design, using a highly captivating space flight opportunity on the International Space Station. SSEP Mission 13 to ISS provides a real research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to ISS, and return it safely to Earth for harvesting and analysis. Mirroring how professional research is done, student teams across the community submit research proposals, and go through a formal proposal review process to select the flight experiment. The design competition – from program start, to experiment design, to submission of proposals by student teams – spans 9 weeks.

For more information on Space Night or SSEP Mission 13, visit https://sites.google.com/bisdmail.net/ssep16-17/home.

About Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or “SSEP”] is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. 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.


About National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) creates and oversees
national initiatives addressing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
education, with a focus on Earth and space. Programs are designed to provide an authentic
window on science as a human endeavor. Central objectives of the Center’s programs are to help ensure a scientifically literate public and a next generation of U.S. scientists and engineers – both of which are of national importance in an age of high technology. NCESSE is a project of the Tides Center. To learn more, visit: http://ncesse.org.

About NanoRacks
NanoRacks LLC was formed in 2009 to provide quality hardware and services for the U.S.
National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station. NanoRacks now has two research
platforms onboard the U.S. National Laboratory that can house plug and play payloads using the Cube-Sat form factor. Our current signed customer pipeline of over 50 payloads, including
domestic and international educational institutions, research organizations and government
organizations, has propelled NanoRacks into a leadership position in understanding the emerging commercial market for low-earth orbit utilization.


About Burleson ISD

Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,000 students at 17 schools, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.


Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications