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Space Station Research For Educators
In the first ten years of continuous human presence on the space station, a wide range of student experiments and educational activities has been performed. Many of these programs still continue, and others are being developed and added to space station tasks on a regular basis. Here we list some of the currently active education-related space station experiments. You can also visit our Educational experiments site to learn more about all of the education-related research activities that have been performed on the space station.
Educational Experiment Opportunities
Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus Science Insert
The Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus Science Insert (CSI) experiments are educational payloads designed to interest K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math by providing the opportunity for these students to participate in near real-time research conducted on board the ISS. The project is managed by BioServe Technologies and has coordinated with:
Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Educational Outreach
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking through amateur radio directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology.
Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) is an education activity that allows middle school students to program a digital camera on board the space station to photograph a variety of geographical targets for study in the classroom.
The 2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge is now open!
Join NASA’s International Space Station Program and Humans in Space Art in a journey of exploration. Interested college students and early career professionals worldwide are invited to influence the future of life on Earth and human space exploration. Individuals and teams should submit a three minute video capturing their visions of “How will space, science and technology benefit humanity?” Video artwork may be any style. Younger participants may submit a video, but artwork from artists of all ages will be judged together. Winning artwork will be given worldwide visibility and flown in orbit on the International Space Station.
Entries are due November 15, 2014. Entry deadline extended to November 30, 2014. Visit www.HumansInSpaceArt.org and select “Challenge” for details.
SPHERES -- Zero Robotics
The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites - Zero - Robotics (SPHERES-Zero-Robotics) investigation establishes a opportunity for high school students to design research for the International Space Station (ISS). As part of a competition, students write algorithms for the SPHERES satellites to accomplish tasks relevant to future space missions. The algorithms are tested by the SPHERES team and the best designs are selected for the competition to operate the SPHERES satellites on board the ISS. Visit the Zero Robotics website for details.
Spark 101 – Solving Space Station Challenges
(click on image of interest for video, lesson plans, and more info)
NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) Program Office has teamed up with Spark 101 to deliver dynamic, real-world STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) content to the high school classroom. This content is designed to engage students and teachers, connect them to real work at NASA, and inspire them to pursue STEM careers. The content comes in the form of informational videos featuring NASA subject matter experts and educator resources (lesson plans, organizational tools, & related educational material).
The focus of these videos is about the research performed on the Space Station. Students will be posed a real problem that a NASA scientist or engineer faced and will have the opportunity to explore the solution themselves based on a set of constraints given. The NASA professional will then describe what solution they came up with and how they met the constraints. Students have the opportunity to analyze how their solution compares and then are able to hear more about careers at NASA that align with the problem.
Other NASA Educational Programs
High Schools United With NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH)
The High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware, or HUNCH, project provides work experiences to inspire high school career technology and engineering academy students to pursue careers in science and engineering fields. Visit the website for opportunities.
To find information for students and kids at the space station international partner agencies, visit their websites:
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA):
› Space Station Kids!
More About Space Station
Space Station for Researchers
Discover how NASA partners with industry, academia and federal, state, regional and local entities for research and development.
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Space Station for Students
Are you a student interested in some of the cool experiments and activities related to space station science and technology? Visit us here.
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Station Research Benefits
Several patents and applications have already demonstrated Earth benefits of the public's investment in ISS research. › Read More
Related ISS Research Resources
› Inspiring the Next Generation: International Space Station Education Opportunities and Accomplishments 2000-2012 (PDF 9.8 MB)
› Space Station-enabled Educational Opportunities Presentation to the UN (PDF, 3.0 MB)
› Astronaut Don Pettit used his time to shed the light of science on a variety of subjects. Check out some of his cool Expedition 6 experiments and Expedition 30 experiments.
› International Toys in Space Video Resource Guide
› ISS Student Experiments past, present, and planned
› Microgravity Educator Guide