International Space Station Above for Donner Trail Elementary

Grant Applicant
Ashley Staron
Grant Date
Description (10 points)

This grant is being written for all Donner Trail Elementary students to be able to observe the live feed from the International Space Station all day, everyday using ISS-Above! The ISS-Above tracks the International Space Station and displays information screens and live video from the external cameras on the ISS.ISS-ABOVE comes with Raspberry Pi, SD card with ISS-ABOVE software, PiGlow LED lights, in built WiFi and power supply. Requires an HDMI TV or Monitor. This set up with be mounted in the main hallway at Donner Trail Elementary to engage the students in continious space observation and be used to support instruction. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The ISS-ABOVE is an electronic device that brings the Space Station to your TV. With informational screens and live views of Earth from external cameras, the students will be able to observe:

  • The Space Station passes them by 5-8 times every single day
  • When and where to look to see the Space Station - it's visible when the solar panels catch the light, so around dusk and dawn. The ISS-Above tells you when and where to look, both by flashing like crazy and displaying information about the pass on the info screens
  • Who’s up there right now - each Expedition typically had a crew of 6 and lasts 6 months. Three astronauts change out every 3 months so there's continuity for the crew
  • What the orbit of the Space Station looks like and where it is right now - at a glance you can see the ISS image on the world map. As the ISS always travels from West to East, you'll be able to see when it is in darkness, when in daylight and what part of the Earth it's over right now
  • Lots of stats and data about the Space Station
  • What the astronauts see when they look out of the cupola - the ISS-ABOVE streams live video from the external cameras on the Space Station whenever the ISS is in sunlight. That's 46 minutes out of every 92.


Success of Program (10 points)

The success of this grant will be measured by an increase in student engagement, knowledge, and participation in dicussions surrounding space. This will bring space interaction to life for the students in a way they have never seen before. 

Implementation (10 points)

 This device will be plugged into a TV mounted on the wall for all students to observed as they walk in the main hallway of Donner Trail Elementary as opposed to one classroom. This will contribute to a constant interaction with Earth and Space science. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant will be shared with the entire Donner Trail Elementary students and families that walk the halls and be used to support classrom instruction.

This is a one time purchase for the TV, mounting bracket, and IIS-Above device.
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$149 - ISS Above HD
$199 - Sceptre X415BV-FSR Slim LED 1080p HDTV, 40", True Black (2017 Model)
$25 - TV Wall Mount