Send my students to Cape Canaveral!

$3,120 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 35 months

Dear Friends and Community Members,

I am a science teacher at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington in Bay Ridge, and I am writing on behalf of my students.

Last year, these students competed in the Intrepid International Space Station Challenge, an experiment design competition led by the Intrepid Museum. My students designed an experiment testing how microgravity affects the germination of pot mum seeds, and their experiment won. As the winner, it will be flown to the International Space Station, where astronauts will conduct the experiment and report the findings.

The experiment is tentatively scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station on June 24, 2016. I believe that seeing the launch would be a life-changing educational opportunity for my students, and I want them to be there that day.

Most of my students have rarely left Brooklyn, much less traveled to another state. As a teacher, I try to inspire them to reach for the stars. This launch would be concrete proof of how far they can go. They will see firsthand what they can accomplish when they apply themselves, and they will come home knowing that they can achieve great things—because they already have.

But to make this trip, we need help. The trip from Brooklyn to the Kennedy Space Center will cost approximately $20,000, which includes air travel, ground transportation, food, and lodging for the students and chaperones. Because of the possibility of launch delays, the trip will last several days to give us the best shot of seeing the launch in person.

Would you please consider supporting these students and helping us take this trip? Any donation will help and would be greatly appreciated.

You can donate online at this site. You can also send a check made payable to PS/IS 30 PTA to the following address: 7002 4th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11209. Please write “Rocket Launch” in the memo line.

If you have any questions, please contact me at ntubbs[at] If any surplus funds are raised, they will go to support other science initiatives at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington. 

Thank you for investing in the lives of my students and supporting science education at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington.

Nathan W. Tubbs
Science Teacher at PS/IS 30

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A few items to update:

1. On June 15, I took my students to the Intrepid, where we had a videoconference with a NanoRacks, NASA contractor in Houston. During the session, we loaded our experiment module and prepped it for shipping to Houston. We have received word that everything arrived safely and is being integrated with the other experiments before being shipped to Florida.

2. Some Bad News: Due to several factors, the main being our shortfall in fundraising, we have decided that making the trip to Florida is unrealistic at this point. The launch is less than three weeks away, and with the constant change in launch dates, we have had to make this difficult choice. That being said, there is a silver lining...

3. Good News: Each year, our host organization, holds a conference for all the student teams involved in sending experiments to the ISS. The conference takes place in D.C. at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, and gives the students an opportunity to present their research in an official forum. ( Using the money we have raised thus far, we should be able to fund a trip to next year's conference with minimal additional funding. I have relayed this to my administration, my students, and my partners at the Intrepid. Everyone involved feels this is a good compromise given the circumstances.

I appreciate everyone who had donated and supported us. I wish that circumstances were different and allowed us to travel to Florida. Nevertheless, we are excited to watch our launch on TV, participate in the research, analyze our data, and present next year in DC.

I am planning on keeping this page open for a little longer to give folks a final chance to donate if they wish. As we have updates, I will post them on Facebook, Twitter, and the PS/IS 30 Website.

- Nathan Tubbs
One of the these is headed to the ISS!
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We received some positive press about our project this week. Hopefully, this will lead to more donations. Check these out, and PLEASE donate. We still have a long way to go!,-2016.htm
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In recent days, I have spoken with reporters from local Brooklyn papers. I hope to see our story shared in print soon. When those are published, I will share links here. Until then, please consider donating. We need your help!
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Friends, as our date for the launch draws nearer (July 16), we are in greater need of your help. We need your support if we are to be able to purchase tickets, book hotels, and finalize our plans. Will you please consider helping?
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$3,120 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 35 months
Created May 10, 2016
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34 months ago
Joseph Moniaci
34 months ago

Great job! Good luck!

karen mcpartlan
34 months ago

Great opportunity for some great minds!

34 months ago
vickie wong
35 months ago

mom of Jaz/k-01, proud of the PS/IS 30 teachers & the smart kids :)

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