Design and run science experiments onboard the International Space Station through this unique STEM program! Elementary through high school students create software using drag-and-drop graphical tools in the LEGO Mindstorms development environment. The students’ programs run on Quest Institute’s automated multipurpose platform on the International Space Station. The students test their software in Ground Units in their classrooms, then upload their finished code to the Flight Unit to run the experiment in space!
- Ages 10 and up
- Hands-on ISS experiments
- Based on LEGO Mindstorms platform
- Portal uploading programs to the ISS and downloading experimental data
- 30-hour curriculum (can be taught over a summer, semester, or full school year)
- Requires a mentor (training available)
Since 2010, the Quest Institute for Quality Education has launched over 100 student-designed experiments investigating topics such as plant health, bacterial growth, ant behavior, radiation effects, and even metal plating. Quest for Space combines the disciplines of software programming, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, project management, and teamwork — in ways that are fun and accessible to students as young as elementary school!
The cost of the Space Program starts at $3000 to cover hardware and access to technical support, educational resources, and near-real-time data from the ISS.