Education Payload Operations- Lewis and Clark- Demonstrations (EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demo) - 08.27.15

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Education Payload Operations-Lewis and Clark-Demonstrations (EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos) records video education demonstrations performed on the International Space Station (ISS) by crewmembers using hardware already onboard the ISS. EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos enhance existing NASA education resources and programs for educators and students in grades K-12. EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos support the NASA mission to inspire the next generation of explorers.
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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Matthew Keil, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
Information Pending

Developer(s)
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
NASA Education (EDU)

Research Benefits
Information Pending

ISS Expedition Duration 1
April 2003 - October 2003

Expeditions Assigned
7

Previous ISS Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • Education Payload Operations-Lewis and Clark-Demonstrations (EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos) utilize tools and other common items in the microgravity environment of the ISS to create educational video and multimedia products that inspire the next generation of mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and other scientists.

  • EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos products are used for demonstrations and to support curriculum materials that are distributed across the United States and internationally to educators to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and inspire the next generation of space explorers.

Description
Education Payload Operations-Lewis and Clark-Demonstrations (EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos) are recorded video education demonstrations performed on the International Space Station (ISS) by crewmembers using hardware already onboard the ISS. EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos are videotaped, edited, and used to enhance existing NASA education resources and programs for educators and students in grades K-12. EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos are designed to support the NASA mission to inspire the next generation of explorers.

EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos products are used for demonstrations and to support curriculum materials that are distributed across the United States and internationally to educators to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and inspire the next generation of space explorers. Each ISS Expedition involves different on-orbit activities and themes, as well as different partners, such as museums, universities, and public school districts.

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Applications

Space Applications
These investigations and related activities have strong ties to NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration and are designed to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Earth Applications
EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos is part of NASA's continuing effort to use space as a unique educational tool for K-12 students. Everyday items are given a new twist by combining them with the allure of space flight and the unusual weightless environment to produce educational materials that inspire interest in science and technology and encourage curiosity and creativity.

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Operations

Operational Requirements
EPO-Lewis and Clark-Demos does not require power, telemetry, or specialized hardware. However, each demonstration requires several hours from at least two crew members, one of whom operates the video equipment and the other demonstrates the activity.

Operational Protocols
After setting up the demonstration, at least one crew member performs the demonstration while another films it. Each demonstration has its own props (e.g., toys or tools). The demonstration is then dismantled and returned to stowage. After the videos are returned to Earth, they are used to develop teaching guides, project plans, and educational packages focusing on the physical sciences and technology.

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Results/More Information

EPO-Demos has been a successful education program on ISS. By using simple objects and the microgravity environment , NASA is able to produce physical properties, such as force, motion, and energy, that may be obscured by gravity on Earth. Several specific videos demonstrating basic science principles have been created and are available via the NASA Education Project and Central Operations of Resources for Educators (CORE). (Evans et al. 2009) 

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Related Websites
NASA eClips
NASA Day in the Life Aboard the ISS
Teaching From Space
Johnson Space Center Education and Student Programs
Central Operations of Resources for Educators (CORE)

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