Teach Station Education Resources
Choose from the following:
Get Involved With Education on the Space Station
-- Student projects, downlinks, professional development and outreach activities.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station -- ARISS (Grades K-12)
-- "KC5ACR, this is NA1SS. How do you read me? Over." Astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station use ham radios to talk to students and educators. Do you want to find out how to talk with them on the space station?
Free Webinars from the NASA Educators Online Network (Grades K-12)
-- The Aerospace Education Services Project is NASA’s longest running K-12 education project, and its specialists are experienced educators who have a broad knowledge about NASA’s missions, programs and education resources. Join the AESP team members for free webinars for students and educators. Consult the schedule for topics and viewing information.
In-flight Education Downlinks (Grades K-12)
-- How does it feel to float? How does a spacesuit work? A downlink is the ultimate "ask-the-experts" experience! During a downlink, students talk live with astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station.
International Space Station National Lab Education (Grades K-12)
-- The International Space Station is the largest and most complex space vehicle ever built. The space station provides a home for laboratories equipped with a wide array of resources to develop and test the technologies needed for future generations of space exploration. Explore the potential of the space station to engage, inspire and educate in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
NASA Summer of Innovation (Grades 4-9)
-- Do you need resources for activities for summer programs? SoI has something for everyone.
NASA's Digital Learning Network (Grades 4-12)
-- Through webcasts, DLN offers free, interactive learning modules about NASA topics. Consult the website for upcoming events for your students.
NASA Explorer Schools Resources (Grades 4-12)
-- Educators must REGISTER
to participate in the NASA Explorer Schools project and receive free access to education resources within the NES Virtual Campus. Visit the site to see samples of lessons, NASA Now classroom video programs, and online and live professional development opportunities. Mark your calendar to attend an "Ask a NASA Expert" live video chat with your students. Check out the list of topics in the Lesson Library for resources to supplement classroom instruction. Don't wait. Sign up now to access the NES Virtual Campus and bring NASA to your classroom.
NASA Explorer Schools Lesson Library
NASA Explorer Schools -- Samples, Information and Registration
International Space Station EarthKAM (Grades 5-12)
-- There is no place like home! Take pictures of our home planet with a camera located on the International Space Station. Students direct the camera to take photographs of Earth from 250 miles above its surface.
LEGO in Space (All Ages)
-- NASA and LEGO have joined forces to inspire students to learn more about mathematics and science.
ISSLive! (All Ages)
-- ISSLive! is an innovative, award-winning, educational project from NASA. This outreach project includes interactive websites and mobile applications that bring the International Space Station to all ages.
-- Microgravity, Rocketry, Robotics, Spacesuits.
-- Educator guides, lesson plans, posters and research problems for students.
3… 2… 1… Liftoff! Educator Guide (Grades Pre-K-2)
Student Features and Related Sites
-- Try the hands-on activities in this guide with young students to help them learn about the space station and the role rockets played in its construction.
The International Space Station Poster (K-12)
-- Get the basic facts about the space station and try the three hands-on activities about technology.
Build the Station Simulation Educator Guide (Grades 5-8)
-- Students can work together to build a paper model of the International Space Station.
ISS L.A.B.S Educator Resource Guide (Grades 5-8)
-- The International Space Station Learning, Achieving, Believing and Succeeding, or ISS L.A.B.S., Educator Resource Guide consists of eight guided educational learning activities. The guide highlights the international collaboration involved in building and operating the space station, and provides an overview of space station construction and assembly.
Food for Thought: Eating in Space Educator Guide and Website (Grades 5-8)
-- What foods can astronauts take on long-duration space journeys? How much food will they need? The Food for Thought guide has lesson plans to help students learn about space food and human spaceflight. The website has videos and links to encourage further exploration. Finally, a fact-filled "Space Food Hall of Fame" lets visitors read about some of the most famous and noteworthy space foods, and even vote for their favorites.
Food for Thought: Eating in Space Educator Guide
Food for Thought Website
Environmental Control and Life Support Systems Water Filtration Challenge Educator Guide (Grades 5-8)
-- On the space station, the ECLSS provides air, water and other conditions that support life. The challenge in this guide is to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials.
Suited for Spacewalking Educator Guide (Grades 5-12)
-- Use lesson plans to teach about the technology behind spacesuits.
International Toys in Space Materials (Grades 5-12)
-- What better way to engage your students than by using toys in the classroom! Astronauts tested a variety of toys while they were in space. Educational materials are available to help teach the science behind the experiments.
Navigating by Good Gyrations Demonstration (Grades 7-12)
-- Gyroscopes are important because they help spacecraft such as the space station stay on course. Follow the instructions in this activity to demonstrate four gyro "tricks" with explanations of why the gyro behaves as it does.
Science in a Box Educator Guide (Grades 9-12)
-- Bridge the gap between laboratory science research and the classroom. Construct a glovebox from a cardboard box and use rubber gloves to perform the activities in the guide.
A Study of Astronaut Radiation Dosages (Grades 9-12)
-- In this one-page assignment, students will estimate dosages for astronauts working on the space station.
Math and Science @ Work (Grades 10-12 -- Advanced Classes)
-- NASA's Math and Science @ Work project provides challenging supplemental problems based on space exploration topics. This project provides real-world applications to promote critical thinking and problem-solving while exposing students to careers related to space exploration. Problems are available for calculus, statistics, physics, biology, chemistry, U.S. history and human geography.
Start with the Research Laboratory Series for topics relating to the space station.
-- Articles for students and general audiences about the space station.
Student feature: What Is the ISS? (Grades K-4)
Just for Fun
-- Astronauts live and work on this lab in space.
Student feature: What Is the ISS? (Grades 5-8)
-- NASA learns about exploration as astronauts live and work on this orbiting laboratory.
International Space Station Website (All Ages)
-- Look here for updates about the station, crew information, images, research and technology, partners, living and working in space, and all things "station."
More About the Station (All Ages)
-- Look here for lists and descriptions of facts, figures, partner nations, everyday life in space, and sites with lots of information about the International Space Station.
-- Interactive games and activities.
-- Videos, interviews, Do-It-Yourself Podcasts, and lots more for space station fans.
A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station (Grades K-12)
-- Watch videos of astronauts on the space station as they explain their daily routines.
Mass vs. Weight (Grades 5-8)
-- Each activity in the Mass vs. Weight series demonstrates the difference between mass and weight by comparing results with video clips filmed by astronauts performing similar activities on board the International Space Station.
Spaced Out Sports Design (Grades 5-8)
-- Watch the winning videos of games that students created to be played on the space station.
Challenges of Spacewalking (All Ages)
-- Watch this set of videos as astronauts discuss problems experienced while working in space. See if you can choose the correct “fix” for these real problems that astronauts faced while spacewalking.
Do-It-Yourself Podcast (Grades 4-9)
- Rick Mastracchio -- What does he do when he notices a tear in one of his spacesuit gloves during a spacewalk?
- Danny Olivas -- How does he repair a protective blanket on the space shuttle?
- Don Pettit -- How does he release a stuck telescopic beam during a spacewalk?
- Peggy Whitson -- How does she correctly align a high-pressure metal tube filled with ammonia?
- Scott Parazynski -- How does he fix a tear in one of the solar array panels in space?
- Suni Williams -- How does she free her pistol grip tool during a spacewalk?
-- The Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity sets the stage for students to host a show that features astronauts doing experiments on the International Space Station or NASA experts explaining scientific concepts. Students build their own podcasts about NASA topics using audio, video and image collections provided by NASA.
NASA Brain Bites (All Ages)
- Lab Safety
- Newton's Laws
- Solar Arrays
- Space Station
- Sports Demo
-- What's a NASA Brain Bite? The bites are short video clips that answer frequently asked questions about living and working in space.
Science off the Sphere (All Ages)
- How Can I See the Space Station?
- Why Do Astronauts Practice Underwater?
- How Can You Gross-Out Your Friends With a Spacesuit?
- What Time Is It in Space?
- How Would You Turn a Bolt in Space?
- How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space?
- How Do You Scratch Your Nose in a Spacesuit?
- Should You Pull Over When an Astronaut Floats By?
- And others.
-- NASA and the American Physical Society have partnered to share videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans from around the world. Watch as NASA astronaut Don Pettit uses everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics in space.
Don Pettit's science experiments performed during Expedition 6.
Crew 'Earth Observations' Videos (All Ages)
-- Watch extraordinary videos taken by crew members aboard the International Space Station.
NASA y Tú (All Ages)
-- Go behind the scenes to discover the "How" behind the "Wow" of NASA innovations. Through a series of 30-second educational video segments, students learn what it takes to prepare for a career that will help shape the future of NASA. The content on the site and the video segments are available in English and Spanish.
Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson Uses Sign Language to Answer Questions About Working on the Space Station (All Ages)
- Science on the International Space Station
- Engineering of the International Space Station
- Detective Scientist
-- While aboard the International Space Station in 2010, astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson used American Sign Language, or ASL, to answer a variety of video inquiries submitted by students from the Texas School for the Deaf.
NASA eClips™ (All Ages)
-- Visit all the collections to view videos about NASA topics.
What Goes on in Mission Control? (All Ages)
-- Take a tour of the Blue Flight Control Room and learn the duties of the people who support the International Space Station.