DreamUp to Space
Experiment Design Challenge 22-23

iLEAD AV: DreamUp to Space Experiment Design Challenge

On October 6th, 2022 learners, facilitators, staff, and families from iLEAD Antelope Valley Studio gathered to celebrate the learning that had taken place on their campus over the previous weeks. Learners from 8th grade all the way down to TK participated in the DreamUp to Space Experiment Design Challenge. Their mission was to learn the fundamentals of space exploration including the international space station, microgravity, scientific experimentation, and proposal writing. They used this knowledge to answer an exciting question, “If you could send up an experiment to the International Space Station, what would you send?”.

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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
with the goal of sending experiments to the International Space Station in June 2023

iLEAD California
iLEAD Exploration
iLEAD Agua Dulce
iLEAD Lancaster

Mission 2021 Assessor Panel

Troy Wollman
Tapaswini Sharma
Melissa Montgomery
Marilyn McPoland
Ana Osorio-Alvarado
Al Bowers
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