National Laboratory Education News

NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 28 flight engineer, performs a check on Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, floating freely in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station.

Students Gain Love of Space with Summer Camp

Teachers commonly ask students to share summer experiences. This year a few can say that they controlled satellites on the ISS!

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Destination Station Exhibit at Air Force Museum

"Destination: Station" Visits Silicon Valley

"Destination: Station," a free, multimedia exhibit, will be on display in Silicon Valley March 4-12, 2012.

An example of water 'bending' towards a static charge created by a balloon

Discovering New Orbits with Kids in Micro-g

Even simple scientific experiments can yield amazing results and add to the collective knowledge of the research community.

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Images of Spheres

NASA's Smartphone-Powered Satellite

NASA is equipping the trio of SPHERES on the space station with a Nexus™ S handset made by Samsung Electronics and powered by Google’s Android™ ...

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One of the golden orb spiders aboard the International Space Station.

Spiders in Space -- Live!

Ever since they were announced, the spiders in space have been living in the limelight.

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ISS National Lab Education Project Overview

    The objective of International Space Station National Laboratory Education Project is to strengthen a link between the unique venue of the ISS and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. We desire to serve as an education resource which enables ISS related education activities onboard the ISS, in the classroom and through Web and mobile media thereby achieving the following goals:
    • Provide a portfolio of activities that allows educators, students and the public to participate in the ISS mission
    • Provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups to participate in the ISS mission
    • Provide university level opportunities that contribute to knowledge and skill mastery necessary to further STEM education and enable employment in a STEM related career field
    • Develop educational partnerships with entities outside of NASA to achieve these goals
    • Emphasize “hands-on” educational activities that are unique to the ISS mission
    • Provide elementary and secondary educational experiences that are applicable to national standards

ISS National Lab Education Project Activities

  • YouTube Space Lab  →

    YouTube Space Lab is a worldwide educational initiative that challenged students, ages 14-16 and 17-18 to design science experiments that can be performed in space. YouTube videos describing experiments were submitted in December 2011. An expert panel judged the entries with input from the YouTube community, and regional winners were chosen. In March 2012, global winners were selected, and they will see their experiments launched and conducted on Station with live YouTube streaming this summer.

  • ISSLive! provides a novel way to learn about the International Space Station.

    ISSLive!  →

    ISSLive! provides a novel way to learn about the International Space Station. It is an innovative, interactive, Web-based initiative that will deliver real-time ISS telemetry and crew timeline data in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) context into the classroom or educational environment. All of this will available, via a public-friendly website, mobile devices, and tablet applications.

  • Leland Melvin, NASA's associate administrator of education, and Stephen Turnipseed, president of LEGO Education North America, look on as students work with LEGO bricks. (NASA)

    LEGO in Space  →

    NASA and The LEGO Group have collaborated to create unique education activities combining LEGO bricks, the environment of space and the ingenuity of young minds. Find out how educators and students can become involved.

  • High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware or HUNCH is an innovative school-based program

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    High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware, or HUNCH, is an innovative school-based program that partners NASA at Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center with high schools and middle schools in states across the nation. The partnership involves students fabricating real-world products for NASA as they apply their STEM skills as well as learning to work in teams and think creatively.

  • View of the golden orb spider, Nephila clavipes, inside the spider habitat. (BioServe)

    Commercial Generic Bio-processing Apparatus Science Inserts  →

    The Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus Science Insert (CSI) experiments are recurring educational payloads designed to interest K-12 students in STEM by providing the opportunity for these students to participate in near real-time research conducted on board the ISS.

  • Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus participates in a ham radio communication from the space station


    Using amateur radio, students from around the world can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with the onboard crew member for approximately 10 minutes, the time of an International Space Station overhead pass.

  • Embry-Riddle University - Expedition 18

    In-Flight Education Downlinks

    Schools or education organizations can host an In-flight Education Downlink with space station crew members. The downlinks are similar to a video conference. Students pose questions and watch from their school or science center as crew members answer the questions and demonstrate science, technology, engineering and math concepts in ways that are impossible on Earth.

  • Ganges River Delta

    International Space Station EarthKAM  →

    There is no place like home! The Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) program enables students to take pictures of our home planet with a camera located on the International Space Station. Middle-school students direct the camera to take photographs of Earth from 250 miles above our planet's surface.

  • Astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson performs an experiment aboard the International Space Station.

    Kids in Micro-g (completed)

    Designed with space in mind! NASA challenged middle school students to design an experiment that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the International Space Station. Nine experiments flew in 2010 and six experiments flew in 2011.


  • International Space Station

    About CASIS

    NASA has finalized a cooperative agreement with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, CASIS, to manage the portion of the International Space Station that operates as a U.S. national laboratory

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Additional Resources

Customer Service Helpline

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    The ISS Research Integration Office has both a phone and an email customer service helpline that Payload Developers and others interested in doing research can contact to get assistance. The phone is staffed during regular business hours. After hours, please leave a message and a representative will return the call on the next business day.
    Phone: 281-244-6187

    If you have questions regarding NASA badging, security, or remote computer online access (e.g., to NASA internal websites, ISS Payloads documentation, etc.), please download and read this Access Processes for Payload Developers document. For further info or assistance, please contact Mr. Jim Cochrane at: 281-244-6385.
    Email: Mr. Jim Cochrane