The same assets that make the International Space Station (ISS) a powerful laboratory for scientists also make it an invaluable platform for student research investigations and educational outreach. Accessible through frequent launches, real-time connectivity to data streams from in-orbit experiments, and crew- member activities, the ISS offers access to a unique perspective of Earth, persistent microgravity to explore its effects on living and nonliving things, and the environmental extremes of low Earth orbit. Moreover, a global cadre of scientists, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs are committed to pushing the envelope to convert innovative research and development (R&D) ideas into reality—including those that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
Download this Report to learn more about the student experiments the community has enabled over the past 20 years of continuous human presence onboard the ISS.
The ISS National Lab education team is releasing a new Space Station Explorers Kit for students in grades 3–8 that includes hands-on space-themed activities that are engaging, use low-cost supplies, and align with national education standards for STEM.
Join our nationwide network of volunteers who share their excitement about the International Space Station with their students, peers, and communities!
Watch astronauts on the Space Station read children’s books and perform science demonstrations!
Middle and high school students compete for a chance to grow their crystals in microgravity onboard the ISS National Lab!
The ISS-Above makes it easy to check in with the Space Station every day in your home or classroom.
If you know anything about Nickelodeon, you know that they love slime! In a collaboration with the ISS National Lab, multiple packages of iconic green slime launched to the orbiting laboratory last year…but why?
Last week, students from several iLead Schools had an out-of-this-world opportunity—to take their science experiments from the classroom to space!
A classroom-based ExoLab growth chamber similar to one sent now on the ISS allows to students compare ground-based data on plant growth with data from space!
Solar panels and radiators on the International Space Station are essential to power the life support systems and experiments onboard.
Possibly the most interesting thing about the International Space Station (ISS) is not its experiments but how impressive of an engineering feat it is.
Robotics are important on the space station because they allow the station to continue to operate and supplies to be delivered from unmanned spacecraft.
We know many students are learning at home right now, and hands-on activities are especially important to keep students engaged and learning. Our network of ISS partners has pulled together dozens of no-cost activities for the whole family. After all, we are all in this together.