Space Station Explorers collaborates with many partner organizations to offer programs that infuse STEM learning with the excitement of the ISS. Students, educators, and parents can engage in authentic science investigations and connect with the astronauts aboard the Station! Participation is free for most of these programs.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
Talk with an astronaut and learn about radio science
Through this worldwide program, students use amateur radio to talk directly with crew members living and working on the International Space Station. These exciting experiences engage students in radio technologies and inspire interest in STEM careers. Great for ages 3-adult. Learn more at http://www.ariss.org.
Ants in Space
Build your own space ant farm
Students learn about ant communication and behavior as they capture their own ants, build ant habitats with simple materials, and compare their observations with videos from the 2014 Ants in Space investigation conducted on the ISS. A free guide plus videos, photos, and more are available online for students, educators, and parents. Grades 3-12. Learn more at http://www.bioedonline.org/lessons-and-more/resource-collections/experiments-in-space/ants-in-space/.
Take pictures of Earth from the ISS
EarthKAM, founded by NASA Astronaut Sally Ride, enables students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. Several times a year, middle school students select targets for an ISS camera to photograph and then analyze the photos. The entire collection of images is available online. Learn more at https://www.earthkam.org.
Genes in Space
Become a space DNA pioneer
Genes in Space is a nationwide challenge that invites teachers and students in grades 7-12 to design innovative experiments that can solve real-life exploration problems through DNA analysis. Learn more at http://genesinspace.org.
Review data from ISS experiments
In Orion’s Quest missions, students contribute to real research happening on the ISS! Students analyze photo and video data from ground-based and space-based experiments, and their results are provided to the researchers. Participating classrooms receive curriculum materials and suggestions for hands-on activities. Learn more at http://www.orionsquest.org.
Space Station Academy
Go on a simulated mission to the ISS
This immersive online course engages middle and high school students in science, technology, engineering and math through a simulated mission to the International Space Station. Learn more at http://spacestationacademy.org.
Story Time from Space
Read along with an astronaut
Through Story Time From Space, astronauts onboard the ISS read storybooks and conduct science experiments to engage students across the world in STEM. This exciting content is hosted online for children and adults to enjoy. Learn more at http://storytimefromspace.com.
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Launch your own science experiment to space
Created by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, this program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for thousands of students across the country to design an authentic research experiment to be conducted in the ISS National Lab. Learn more at http://ssep.ncesse.org.
Grow veggies from seeds that flew in space
In this award-winning, curriculum-driven free program, K-12 students investigate how spaceflight affects plants’ germination and growth. Students learn about plant experiments on the ISS and plant their own gardens with space-flown tomato seeds. Over 24,000 classrooms in the U.S. and Canada participate each year. Learn more at http://tomatosphere.org.
Windows on Earth
Explore Earth from the ISS
Astronauts on the ISS take hundreds of photos of Earth every day. Images captured from this unique viewpoint highlight both the beauty and the science of our home planet. All these images are archived online for everyone to explore. Learn more at http://www.windowsonearth.org.
Learn to program a space robot
Zero Robotics is an exciting national competition that teaches participants about programming, engineering, and spaceflight. There is a summertime program for middle school and a semester-long program for high school. In the final tournament, real microgravity robots carry out the top teams’ programs, and it’s all streamed live from the ISS. Learn more at http://zerorobotics.mit.edu.