6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Roe Johnston
Michele Sinclair
Kelsey Bartlett
Angela Qualls
Dashia Magee

Marianna O'Brien
Wynn Sherman
Carol Wrabel


Gretchen Gies-McLaughlin
Marianna O'Brien

Our Science and English Language Arts teachers have planned a valuable cross-curricular experience in order to “Dare Mighty Things”.  This experience centers around the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), which is supported by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in strategic partnership with NanoRacks, LLC.

All 8th graders are participating in the SSEP Mission 11 Flight Experiment Design Competition, vying to fly an experiment in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS) using a real research mini-laboratory reserved just for the Santa Monica community. Mirroring how professional research is done, student teams submit formal research proposals, which then go through a 2-step proposal review process to select the single flight experiment. The design competition – from program start, to experiment design, to submission of proposals by student teams – runs 9 weeks. Student teams design experiments in diverse fields, including: seed germination, crystal growth, physiology and life cycles of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria), cell biology and growth, food studies, and studies of micro-aquatic life.

Generous funding from the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation and the Lincoln PTSA have made this program possible.

The 2016 – 2017 academic year will be very busy with three simultaneous missions.

SSEP Mission 7 (from 2014-2015 school year)

  • June 2015 - Catastrophic launch failure
  • April 2016 - Astronaut Interaction Anomaly
  • Re-launch - January 2017 (along with M9)

SSEP Mission 9 (from 2015-2016 school year)

  • Expected launch - January 2017

SSEP Mission 11 (this school year)