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NASA Report Details Education Concept for International Space Station National Lab
04.19.07
A task force representing seven federal agencies, including NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education, has developed a strategy for using the International Space Station National Laboratory as a venue for further inspiring teachers and students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Third grade students from Middle Creek Elementary School, Durham, NC, are comparing the growth of seeds in the Space Station to the growth of similar seeds on Earth.

The task force's education development concept looks at ways to use the space station's U.S. segment to support future projects and develop partnerships for education payloads, or experiments, with other federal agencies.

Image at right: Third grade students from Middle Creek Elementary School, Durham, NC, are comparing the growth of seeds in the Space Station to the growth of similar seeds on Earth. Credit: NASA

Some of the ideas include establishing an education working group with representatives from federal agencies responsible for soliciting, selecting and submitting education payloads; linking education activities with ongoing science investigations and developing a payload rack filled with education-related materials and equipment.

For more than six years, students have been successfully conducting classroom versions of station experiments and learning about the weightlessness of space through on-orbit demonstrations by crew members. The following report is the first phase in planning expanded educational use of the space station by multiple organizations as part of the designation of the International Space Station as a national laboratory.

For more information, read the report (PDF, 5.6 MB).