WNY STEM Hub Students Reaching for the Stars!

Support Mission 13, Student Spaceflight Experiment Program and help WNY STEM Hub Students participate in a unique and engaging program.

A fundraising campaign for WNY STEM Hub

We're ready to take off on Mission 13!    Can you be our rocket booster?


Back in 2015, WNY STEM was the local facilitator of Mission 9 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program where students in 10 Buffalo-Niagara Schools developed original experiments to test in microgravity. From this group, a trio of female students from Buffalo's Hamlin Park School, was selected to have its "Tuber Growth in Microgravity" experiment launched to the International Space Station. The plants were then returned to Earth and they continue to thrive and have sprouted actual potatoes!


http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/07/send-off-finally-arrives-buffalos-spud-launchers and http://news.wbfo.org/post/international-space-station-lifts-local-student-work-board.

WNY students were invited to participate again in 2017: another group of 11 schools and after-school programs participated and this year, a group of students from Wellsville Secondary School will see its experiment launch to the ISS in late June, 2018.

This kind of activity is transformative for students on every level. It engages their interest, informs their studies, intrigues them into problem solving, and motivates them to pursue an exciting career pathway that perhaps they hadn’t dreamed possible. 


WNY STEM Hub was invited to participate in Mission 13 this year, with high hopes of repeating this national success for our learners and our region.

To do this, we need to raise significant support to purchase the microgravity labs that each participating school must use, and to cover the fees associate with participating in this national program organized by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.


Please help us make a difference to students in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Wellsville, Lockport, Olean, and Tonawanda – hometowns of our participating schools – by making a gift to support Mission 13 today.


To participate in Mission 13, we must raise significant support by August 24. Your gift in any amount will help these students reach for the stars! Thank you.

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About the Organization

The WNY STEM Hub is a 501 (c)(3) organization with more than 800 individual members representing more than 300 organizations in Western New York. It is an initiative of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and is affiliated with the National STEM Funders Network, the national STEMx network and the Empire State STEM Learning Network. Its aim is to create awareness and partnerships that serve learners of all ages in accessing STEM/STEAM learning and careers. Further information can be found at: wnystem.org.