What is SEDS?
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SEDS Mission Statement:
SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the
exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating
people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested
students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership
skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects.
SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm
of young people is the key to our future in space.
History of SEDS:
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space was founded in 1980 at MIT and Princeton and consists
of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from a diverse range of educational backgrounds who
are working to promote space as a whole. SEDS is a chapter based organization with chapters throughout the United States
, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The permanent National Headquarters for SEDS-USA res
ides at MIT. Each chapter is fairly independent and coordinates activities and projects in its own area. For more backgr
ound, see the SEDS History Project
What do SEDS members do?
SEDS members are people interested in doing as much as they can to promote space exploration and development. The fir
st step in this continual process is learning. SEDS provides an excellent environment in which to obtain access to many
sources of information including speakers, tours, films, discussion groups & daily NASA updates. Astronomical observ
ing trips and tours of local space facilities also play a significant role in the life of many SEDS members. For a sample
of some exciting SEDS activities, see the Special Projects
SEDS members often take the knowledge they have gained and use it to
influence the future of the space program. Students at several chapters
have played major roles in organizing large conferences and have established
important contacts with members of the space community. Others have helped
increase public awareness of the benefits of space exploration by offering
presentations to local primary and secondary schools as well as universities.
All chapters keep in contact with each other through on-line computer networks.
Finally, SEDS provides an environment in which people of common interests
can relax and freely discuss issues important to them.
What can SEDS do for you?
SEDS can provide an organized pathway for you to begin space related
projects and give you a chance to break away from the usual classwork.
You can also use SEDS as a stepping stone to a space-related career. Being
actively involved in SEDS can put you in touch with many members of the
space, technology, and education community and will allow you to develop
the experience necessary to take leadership roles in your future career,
whatever that may be.