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Student Art Headed to the International Space Station!

Student Art Headed to the International Space Station!
SSEP Mission Patch Art Winners

SSEP Mission Patch Art Challenge winners Kevin De La Roca and Grace Wasson were recognized on March 4, 2019 at the Klein ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

This year, Klein ISD students have participated in the cross-curricular, multi-age Innovation Challenge, Klein In Space. So far, this three-part challenge has included the ISS Mission Challenge (grades 5-12) in partnership with The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), and the Klein ISD Packing for Mars Challenge (grades K-4). Most recently, students engaged in the SSEP Mission Patch Art Challenge (grades PK-12).

As part of this challenge, 120 elementary students and 86 secondary students authentically engaged in another aspect of the space program and have exemplified our Profile of a Learner perfectly as pathway explorers.

“The mission patch art challenge is an amazing opportunity for our pathway explorers to engage the arts portion of STEAM educational experiences” Executive Director of Klein ISD College and Career Pathways, Beth Gilleland said. “Students were able to utilize their creativity and knowledge of science to develop artwork which will travel to the International Space Station to fly in a microgravity environment. This is a truly unique fine arts experience and we are thrilled our students could participate.”

Drum roll please…

The SSEP Mission Patch Art Challenge first place winners are Kevin De La Roca of Kaiser Elementary and Grace Wasson of Klein Oak High School. These talented students were recognized on March 4, 2019 at the Klein ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

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Other finalists included second place winners Vivian Tan of Frank Elementary and Naomi Dau of Strack Intermediate, and third place winners Santana Smith of Kreinhop Elementary and Audrey Ly of Klein Collins High School.

To find out more about the Klein in Space Innovation Challenge, visit

This Innovation Challenge is funded through Title IV Federal funds and the Klein Education Foundation.
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.

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