International Partners

Overview of ISS Global Education

    The space station has a unique ability to capture the imaginations of both students and teachers worldwide. The presence of humans onboard the station provides a foundation for numerous educational activities aimed at capturing that interest and motivating the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Projects such as the Amateur Radio on International Space Station, or ARISS; Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students, or EarthKAM; and Take your Classroom into Space, among others, have allowed for global student, teacher and public access to space through student image acquisition and radio contacts with crew members. Educational activities are not limited to STEM, but encompass all aspects of the human condition. This is well illustrated in the Uchu Renshi project, a chain poem initiated by an astronaut while in space and continued and completed by people on Earth. With space station operations continuing until at least 2020, projects like these and their accompanying educational materials will be made available to more students around the world. Through the continued use of the station, we will challenge and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, writers, artists, politicians and explorers.

News and Features

  • A student talks to a crewmember onboard the International Space Station during an ARISS contact

    Inspiring Youth With a Call to the Space Station

    Ever since the ARISS hardware was launched aboard Atlantis and then transferred to the station, it has been used to perform school contacts.

  • Students at Daltonbasisschool de Tjalk in Lelystad, Netherlands participate in the Building an Astronaut Core activity. (ESA)

    Students Get Fit the Astronaut Way

    When you think of NASA, likely you picture the space shuttle, the International Space Station, or have images of planets and galaxies flashing before your mind’s eye. NASA's Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut, however, focuses a little closer to home.

  • The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites floating in the Destiny laboratory module. Thomas Reiter is in the background. (NASA)

    Europe's Alliance With Space Droids

    Between video games and sci-fi movies, a squadron of miniature satellites come to life aboard the space station, obeying the commands of students.

  • Water recycling system used on the International Space Station. (NASA)

    Water: A Chemical Solution

    Can you imagine not having access to safe and clean drinking water? Space engineers who design the International Space Station systems share the same need as those concerned about the lives of people in remote areas of Earth.

  • An Uchu Renshi Symposium is held every year after the completion of Ucyu Renshi to publicize them. (JAXA)

    Ucyu Renshi (Space Poem Chain): Connecting Global People With Words

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency started the Ucyu Renshi (space poem chain) program to connect people, including crew members in space, with words and allow them to feel more closely involved in space activities.

  • The above photo of Croatia is one of the final pictures taken during the most recent EarthKAM session in July 2011. (EarthKAM)

    Students Photograph Earth From Space via EarthKAM Program

    Imagine this: you are an inquisitive middle-school student, investigating the vastness of Earth's mountain ranges, coastlines, oceans and other geographic imprints. Now, envision the thrill of doing so from the vantage point of an astronaut!

  • During a previous Tomatosphere program, students studied the growth of their tomato plants. (Tomatosphere)

    Red Food For the Red Planet

    Among the many issues that space programs face as they develop plans to send a human mission to Mars, the question of life support ranks at or near the top.

  • Image taken by the reception and processing Centre MAI. (ROSCOSMOS)

    Calling Cosmonauts From Home!

    Educating future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians is a global effort -- one that includes the contributions of the Russian Federal Space Agency, or Roscosmos.

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