Space Station Research Explorer

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Take a trip into outer space from the safety of your classroom. A great addition to the digital library of any science teacher, this reference offers a behind-the-scenes look at the research going at the International Space Station.

4th - Higher Ed Science 178 Views 86 Downloads
CCSS: Adaptable
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App Overview

After launching the app, users can pick from the five categories below, each offering a wealth of information relating to the International Space Station including pictures, videos, scientific publications, and news articles.


  • Biology and Biotechnology
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Education Activities and Outreach
  • Human Research
  • Physical Science
  • Technology Development and Demonstration


  • 3-D views taken from inside the Columbus, Kibo, and Destiny facilities
  • Descriptions of the different instrumentation located inside each facility


  • Human Health
  • Earth Benefits
  • Global Education


  • Gravity Ball Game
  • 15 podcasts
  • 7 Videos


  • Access to 7 additional digital resources relating to space exploration
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Curator Rating
  • Adherence to task
  • Worth the money
  • Fun factor

    A fun game, interesting photos and videos are included, but the written content is very technical.

  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
Instructional Ideas
  • Offer this resource to students during a research project on the history of space exploration
  • Allow kids to explore this app with a partner as a science learning center
  • If projection technology is available, use this resource to supplement whole-group instruction during an astronomy lesson
  • Create a scavenger hunt worksheet with facts and other information that students need to find in this resource
Classroom Considerations
  • The videos in this app are located on Youtube, to which your school's content filters may or may not allow access 
  • App includes technical descriptions of science experiments and equipment that are most appropriate for high school students
  • Provides information about 41 different expeditions to the International Space station
  • Includes a large collection of engaging videos and images taken from outer space
  • Intuitive navigation buttons and a help feature make it easy to find information within the app
  • Offers information about experiments relating to all scientific fields
  • None