Education Payload Operations - Educator (EPO - Educator) will use video and still photography to capture data of experiment activities on-orbit. Students also will be designing and completing ground-based investigations developed by the NASA Education Office, focusing on grades K-12. The activities will support the educator astronaut in their mission on orbit. An educator astronaut is a full-time astronaut who has experience teaching in K-12 classrooms.Principal Investigator(s)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Sponsoring Organization
NASA Education (EDU)Research Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration
April 2007 - October 2007Expeditions Assigned
15Previous ISS Missions
Expedition 14 will be the first mission for EPO-Educator.
The EPO-Educator payload supports the Educator Astronauts?full time astronauts with experience teaching in K-12 classrooms?in their mission in orbit. The Educator Astronaut Program (EAP) is one of NASA's pathfinder
education initiatives. The main objective of the EAP is inspiring students to look at engineering, science, technology and mathematics as future career paths.
EPO-Educator uses investigations that are focused on inquiry-based learning. These investigations are performed by students in ground-based studies. Students are also involved in design challenges that are directly tied to the investigation. Part of this payload is developing activities for teachers, creating lesson plans for students K-12 and providing a website that will contain the data collection information.
The participation of the students in the design processes for the EPO-Educator activities is preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers.Earth Applications
Using a new approach in the classroom on space flight, science, and mathematics will capture the imagination of students. Allowing students to participate in activities that directly involve NASA will inspire them to pursue careers in science and engineering.
EPO-Educator will use video and still photography to capture data of payload activities on orbit. Part of this payload will take place in ground-base investigations that are designed and completed by students.Operational Protocols
The Educator Astronaut will perform on-orbit educational activities that will be provided to teachers and students in the form of video for classroom use.
Through the EPO-Educator investigation, nearly 1 million students in grades K-12 have participated in the NASA Engineering Design Challenge Lunar Plant Growth Chamber. This engineering design challenge asks students to design, build and evaluate a plant growth chamber for future missions to the Moon. Students learn about the engineering design process and how to conduct a scientific experiment. In conjunction with the engineering design challenge, approximately 10 million cinnamon basil seeds were flown in space. As part of a comprehensive suite of education activities, the seeds are being delivered to students and educators across the country. To get involved in this activity and to see video captured during EPO-Educator visit www.nasa.gov/education/plantchallenge. (Evans et al. 2009)