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Story Time From Space (Story Time From Space)

OpNom: Story Time

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Experiment Overview

This content was provided by Deborah Biggs, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.

Brief Summary

Crewmembers on the International Space Station host Story Time From Space by videotaping themselves reading children’s books. They also complete simple demonstrations that accompany the science, technology, engineering and math concepts in the books. The videos are edited and posted to an online library with related educational materials for educators and parents to use. The project aims to bring space station science to communities that have had no other involvement with the space program through the simple beauty of reading a book to the children of Earth from orbit.

Principal Investigator(s)

  • Deborah Biggs, CASIS, Melbourne, FL, United States
  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)

  • Patricia Tribe, T2 Science & Math Education Consultants, League City, TX, United States
  • Developer(s)

    Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), Rockledge, FL, United States
    T2 Science & Math Education Consultants, League City, TX, United States

    Sponsoring Space Agency

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    Sponsoring Organization

    National Laboratory Education (NLE)

    Research Benefits

    Information Pending

    ISS Expedition Duration

    March 2014 - September 2014

    Expeditions Assigned


    Previous ISS Missions

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

    • Story Time From Space's active payload consists of electronic copies of STEM related children’s books along with a passive payload of 12 hard cover books. Payload operations require Astronauts to videotape themselves reading the stories and downlinking the video to the ground. In addition, the crewmember will videotape simple science demonstrations that complement the STEM concepts in the book. The video will be edited and posted to a video library, along with accompanying educational materials, on the Story Time From Space site located on the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) website. Story Time From Space provides an opportunity to reach a demographic previously underserved by reaching out to libraries across the country and the International Reading Association. Both of these groups provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the ISS and to connect literacy with STEM concepts.

    • Objectives:
      • Increase awareness of the International Space Station

      • Engage elementary students’ imagination and interest in space exploration, STEM concepts and careers

      • Engage teachers in using literacy to help teach STEM

      • Provide teachers an engaging method to teach STEM concepts required by their curriculum

      • Utilize the ISS to productively support our Nation’s educational goals

      • Provide a direct way for astronauts to engage with millions of students and families through the video library.

      • Utilize technology to access and engage students and teachers


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    Space Applications

    Children’s books are delivered to the space station and returned after the videos are completed. The program will increase awareness of the ISS, especially among elementary students in under-served communities.

    Earth Applications

    The program connects science, technology, engineering and math concepts with literacy, and provides teachers a unique and engaging way to teach required STEM concepts.

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    Operational Requirements

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    Operational Protocols

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    Results/More Information

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