Our Mission: To Challenge Students

To challenge Students to excel in math and science through their active participation in space-based research..

TRUSTED & SUPPORTED BY THE TOP NAMES
IN SCIENCE & EDUCATION

As a not-for profit, 501(C)(3), Orion’s Quest is funded solely by grants, gifts and donations. We work hard to identify and seek out sponsors and funding opportunities to support the program. Thanks for being a part of Orion’s Quest.

HOW WE ARE FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED

Orion’s Quest is funded entirely through foundation grants and individual donations from generous supporters. You can support our program with a one-time donation or through our monthly giving program by clicking on the “Donate” button at the bottom of the Home Page of this site. We would be grateful for your support.  For any questions regarding support for Orion’s Quest please contact Scott Rosencrans, Development Director, at (734) 879-2728 or by email at srosencrans@orionsquest.org.

OUR HISTORY

Orion’s Quest was founded in 2004 following founder and current Executive Director Peter Lawrie’s service as an educational consultant to NASA when the Space Shuttle Columbia carried the Ladybugs in Space experiment into orbit on July 23, 1999.

The mission was a project within NASA’s Educational Program that allowed students to observe science experiments being conducted in space and to replicate the experiment in their classroom as controls. Lawrie saw a unique opportunity to put NASA directly into classrooms across the nation.

We launched our first program in the 2004-05 academic year, involving 16 middle and high schools and approximately 1000 students, located in five major geographic hubs across the USA.

Since inception, our program has empowered over 24,000 students to participate in research experiments being conducted by NASA or a NASA supported scientist. To date we have averaged 25 participating teachers and 70 students per teacher per year.  In 2016 our count of 41 teachers equated to almost 3000 students in the program.

Our goal for the 2017-18 school year is to serve 50 teachers each semester equating to approximately 7,300 students.

WHERE WE WORK

Internet managed, Orion’s Quest reaches thousands of young people nationwide and, in some cases overseas, with the challenge of academic excellence. To date we have provided our program to students in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming, Canada, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Romania.

OUR PROJECT PARTNERS

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Bioserve Space Technologies

A Center within the Aerospace Engineering and Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. For over 25 years, BioServe has designed, built and flown microgravity life science research and hardware on over 40 space flight missions. The Center is a full-service, turn-key organization that enables its customers and partners to focus solely on research development while BioServe manages all other activities required to successfully fly experiments in microgravity. In support of the classroom research activity BioServe collects near-real time video and/or images and data from orbit and provides them to the classroom via the OQ website.

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Center for Advancement of Science in Space

The sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. CASIS provides us with lists of the experiments to be conducted on the space station in the coming year and we are able to choose those that are most suitable to our program. CASIS also facilitates introductions to the Principal Investigators who design and conduct the experiments and the facilities where mission equipment is developed. CASIS is also an important funding partner for our work.

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NASA

Our relationship with NASA and the Principal Investigators who design and implement their experiments, affords us a diverse array of experiments that we can offer to teachers for participation by their students. We believe that such a diversity of subject matters allows for the greatest number of opportunities to capture the imagination of students with wide-ranging interests.

Meet The Team

The Orion’s Quest (OQ) staff is comprised of current or former educators and administrators who understand what goes on in the classroom. The OQ staff are dedicated to helping teachers connect their students with the space-based research of world class scientists.

Meet The OQ Board of Directors

 

Meet The OQ Advisory Board