Nova Ukraine is supporting the participation of Ukrainian students in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), enabling their participation in a mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The SSEP stands out as a stellar program for advancing scientific and STEM education, dedicated to nurturing the next wave of scientists and innovators. This initiative presents an opportunity for students to conduct experiments in the microgravity environment of the ISS.
Ukraine, represented by the National Center “Small Academy of Sciences of Ukraine”, joined the SSEP program for the first time in 2021. The program’s rigorous competition is structured in two national selection phases, culminating in two Ukrainian teams sending their microgravity research mini-laboratories to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, propelled by the Falcon 9 rocket. The victorious teams will have the privilege of observing the launch at the iconic launchpad used for the Apollo Moon missions.
Aimed at 9th to 11th graders, the program also seeks to engage educators and lecturers specializing in biology, chemistry, and physics, who are keen on guiding student projects. This year, an impressive cohort of 59 schools from across Ukraine will compete.
Through its commitment to supporting STEM education, Nova Ukraine is fostering a rich environment for academic growth and innovation in Ukraine.