DreamUp to Space
Experiment Design Challenge

DreamUp to Space Experiment Design Challenge

Learners, facilitators, staff, and families from free public charter schools in the iLEAD California network are celebrating the learning that happens when we challenge learners with this question: “If you could send an experiment to the International Space Station, what experiment would you design?” Learners are invited to participate in the DreamUp to Space Experiment Design Challenge. Their mission is to learn the fundamentals of space exploration, including microgravity, scientific experimentation, and proposal writing.

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This project challenges young people to understand and explore the impact that microgravity has on matter by asking this question:

“What is the effect of microgravity on living and nonliving things?”

Through a partnership with DreamUp, learners are empowered to develop the skills to design, develop, and propose an experiment that could be run on the International Space Station.

Understanding and content knowledge include the following:

  • The International Space Station mission as a space laboratory, including the worldwide collaboration and its relative location to the Earth and in our solar system.
  • Why astronauts float and the impact of microgravity on living a nonliving matter without the force of gravity experienced on Earth.
  • How scientists think and work, including the scientific method/process and the importance of setting up and conducting an experiment that will result in reliable data.
  • Proposal writing and the ability to communicate effectively.

Five affiliated iLEAD CA sites/programs are running this project,
sending experiments to the International Space Station.

iLEAD Exploration
iLEAD Lancaster

Community Partners

AV Sierra Dental Center

ISS National Laboratory Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation