The International Space Station (ISS) Science Challenge encourages students across the country to learn about NASA’s science experiments performed on the International Space Station. Currently open to NASA Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE) students in grades 9-12, the challenge is to develop an interesting and informative project to help educate the world about ISS Science Experiments
. A separate pilot is also being conducted with students in grades 5-8 by contributing teachers from NASA’s Endeavour Science Teaching Certificate Project, Darcie Fregoe and Lisa Chizek.
All students have access to the descriptions of space station experiments that are in alignment with the National Science Education Standards for Physical Science, Life Science, Science & Technology and Science in Personal & Social Perspectives. After reading over the facts related to the experiment, students are challenged to develop a project in the format of a podcast/video podcast, a Power Point presentation, a written report and/or a web page. In addition to viewing the winning projects below, the student reflections about why they chose a particular experiment and what they learned from the activity are also available. This challenge is made possible through a collaboration between Teaching From Space, ISS National Laboratory, ISS Program Science and INSPIRE.
- Podcast/Video Podcast: Using a camcorder, digital audio recorder or computer, create a podcast/video podcast that clearly and accurately explains what the scientists are researching in the chosen ISS science experiment. Record the narration and any other scenes or interviews that are to be included. Mix and mash the recording with the NASA clips download, and edit the production.
- PowerPoint: Develop an informative and interesting PowerPoint that clearly and accurately explains what ISS scientists are researching in the chosen experiment.
- Written Report: Write a clear and accurate report explaining in an easy-to-understand way what the ISS scientists are researching in your experiment.
2011-2012 Selected Projects
- Web Page: Create an exciting web page that clearly and accurately explains what the ISS scientists are researching in the chosen experiment.