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STS-118 Education Activities and Resources
Two astronauts pointing to an image of the ISS on a screen during a presentation

STS-118 activities will give educators a variety of opportunities to choose from. Image Credit: NASA

NASA Education is providing a variety of exciting STS-118 activities to engage all educators and inspire the nation's future workforce before, during and after the first spaceflight of an Educator Astronaut.

Sharing the Spaceflight Experience: Barbara Morgan and her STS-118 crewmates will share their spaceflight experience with students, educators and the general public in a variety of ways, including downlinks and media events during their flight. The crewmembers will also conduct informal education activities that may be taped and broadcast through a variety of media.

Engineering the Future: NASA and the International Technology Education Association are launching the NASA Engineering Design Challenge for Fall 2007. During the 2007-2008 school year, elementary, middle and high school students will design, build and assess plant growth chambers in a standards-based grade-banded activity. Students will learn the basics of engineering and design, as well as how to conduct a scientific experiment.

An image of basil in a circle above students sitting in an auditorium

Educators will have a chance to engage their students with the activities surrounding STS-118. Image Credit: NASA

Seeds and Growth in Space: Two education payloads will fly on STS-118. Cinnamon basil seeds will be exposed to microgravity and used in Earth-based science experiments and design assessment activities for NASA's Engineering Design Challenge. Two small growth chambers and the associated hardware needed to conduct a 20-day onorbit plant growth experiment will also be part of the flight's educational activities. Growth of seeds on-orbit will be documented for educational use in the Engineering Design Challenge and beyond.

Kids to Design Space-Bound Banners: NASA and KOL are presenting the NASA Space Pennant Design Challenge in Spring 2007. Through the process of designing a pennant, kids will learn about the requirements of spaceflight and the science that drives NASA programs while gaining a lasting understanding of the importance of space exploration. One grand prize winner will have their pennant design flown aboard the shuttle and receive a trip with their family to see a launch.

Fit Explorer -- Astronaut Training for Kids: The NASA Fit Explorer project is a scientific and physical approach to human health and fitness on both Earth and in space. Students (grades 3-5) will "train like an astronaut" by completing physical activities modeled after the real-life physical requirements of humans traveling in space. Students will also gain an understanding of the science behind nutrition and physical fitness by participating in structured hands-on activities that relate physical Earth-based needs to the requirements of exploring space.

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