International Space Station (ISS)

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Tim Peake: Becoming an Astronaut

Filmed at the ESERO-UK Secondary Conference, in 2014, this video features UK European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake talking about the importance of science skills to be able to work on the International Space Station (ISS)

publication year
2010 to date

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Astro Pi

Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space. Two Raspberry Pi computers are planned to be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tim’s six month mission and both will be connected to a new “Astro Pi” board, loaded with a host of sensors and gadgets.

This collection of teacher guides and resources, for primary and secondary schools and beyond, assists the teaching of background knowledge that will help entrants to be creative and solve real-world problems.

The lesson plans can also be used outside of the AstroPi competition to enhance the teaching of space and related topics.

This resource supports the Astro-Pi competition www.astro-pi.org

publication year
2010 to date

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Mission 1: Newton in Space

For 11 to 16 year olds, this 17-minute video from ESA illustrates how simple experiments, in space and on Earth, can be used to investigate Newton's three laws of motion. The video also examines the difference between mass and weight. The video uses demonstrations from two astronauts on the International Space Station and from classes in three different countries in Europe. Many of the simple experiments performed in the schools can easily be repeated in the classroom.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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International Space Station (ISS) Education Kit - Primary

For 7 to 11 year olds, the Primary ISS Education Kit, from ESA, is a resource for teachers with ideas on how to use the International Space Station as a thematic frame for teaching a wide variety of topics that are part of European curricula.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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International Space Station (ISS) Education Kit - Lower Secondary

The ISS Education Kit is aimed at teachers of secondary school students aged 12-15. ESA has developed the kit using input from teachers.

The resource consists of:
• Teacher's Guide
• Chapter 1 - What is the International Space Station?
• Chapter 2 - Building the International Space Station
• Chapter 3 - Living on board the International Space Station
• Chapter 4 - Working on board the International Space Station
• Chapter 5 - Future voyages

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Survival

For 11 to 14 year olds, this resource is designed to add excitement to the teaching of either chemical reactions or heat transfer. Students embark on a virtual mission to the International Space Station (ISS), with the help of audio, images and video clips. When disaster strikes, they have to learn about making and testing carbon dioxide, or heat radiation, in order to stay alive.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Onboard the International Space Station

For 9 to 14 year olds, this video clip from NASA shows the global cooperation that built the International Space Station, or ISS. Life on board the ISS is shown. The video shows a simple model to demonstrate the amazing mathematical relationship between the Earth and moon and see how the low-Earth orbit of ISS compares.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Monitoring Health on the International Space Station

For 9 to 14 year olds, these two short video clips describe how aspects of Richard Garriottt's health were monitored during his visit to the International Space Station. The first video clip describes experiments into how back pain, motion sickness and bone structure can be affected by space travel. The second video explains how heart rate is monitored carefully during different phases of the mission.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Recycling on the International Space Station

For 9 to 14 year olds, this clip, joins engineers at NASA and astronauts on board the International Space Station to learn about the importance of recycling. Find out how NASA is solving the challenge of giving astronauts water to use without wasting any with the new Water Recovery System.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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The International Space Station and Skylab

For 11 to 16 year olds, these clips illustrate life onboard the International Space Station (ISS) and its forerunner, Skylab.

The clips cover a range of topics and show:
• views of the earth
• floating in zero gravity
• approach of the Space Shuttle Endeavour
• living in zero gravity
• working in the space station
• preparing for a spacewalk

publication year
2010 to date

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