ISS Above Tahoe Lake

Grant Date
2015
Grant Category
Grant Description

ISS-Above is an electronic device that tracks the International Space Station.  It hooks into the classroom projection system and allows students to see where the ISS is in its orbit.  It also ties into other ISS information, such as live feed from the four onboard Space Station external cameras, information about when and where to look for the ISS overhead, and who is currently serving on the ISS.  When the ISS is in range on our own horizon, LED lights flash to make it evident to students that the ISS is actually in space over our heads!  This device is endorced by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Glenshire Elementary School already has an ISS-Above, and just having the receiver in class and projecting its data as the students walk in has created a huge new interest in space science.  Students are very excited about it, and want to know where the station is at the moment, and they want to see what the current view from space is.  I have used the Glenshire ISS Above already to tie in the views from space to the 3rd grade studies of weather, and to the clouds created in the water cycle, as well as the 1st grade unit on Earth's Place in the Universe.  At Tahoe Lake Elementary, I would love to tie it to our studies on Water - water experiments in space show properties that are overcome by gravity on Earth.  TLE also can use the views for studies of weather and water cycle, as that is part of their Water studies in the Science Lab.

The cost is a one time outlay for the ISS Above Raspberry Pi / PiGlow, SD card and power supply, plus an HDMI cord to connect it to the classroom projector.

Cost for ISS Above with teacher discount including US shipping is $106.25.  Cost for an HDMI cable is $5.91 for a 2 meter cable plus tax from Amazon, $7.49 plus tax for a 3 meter HDMI cord. 

This grant will impact the full enrollment of Tahoe Lake Elementary School, as all students come to the Science Lab once a week for Hands On Science experiences, so just over 300 students will receive some amount of Space Education using this device.

School Site
Number of Students
305
Amount Funded
$145.00
Description (10 points)

The objective of using the ISS-Above in class is to generate interest in Space Science, to tie in the concepts of Earth Science on a global scale through views from 200 miles above the surface and to generate questions about space and science.

Success of Program (10 points)

Do students generate questions about space? 

Do students generate questions about Earth?

Do students return to class and explain about things they have observed at home or with their parents or on vacation that are related to space?

Can students tie in observations from space to their other studies?

When I can observe all of these things after introducing the ISS-Above to the classroom environment, I know that they have been impacted with the learning presented.  I also know that they are developing their scientific curiosity about the world.

Implementation (10 points)

The ISS-Above will be on as students enter class, so it is a transitional "sponge" to squeeze that extra bit of science into the minutes that students are entering and leaving class.  Also, the ISS-Above can be used to view clouds and weather, which are part of the elementary curriculum.

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

This grant can definitely tie into my Science Specialist PLC, as we share ideas and ideas about equipment use and labs presented.  This can also tie into grade level PLCs as teachers see ways to connect the Science Lab experiences into their other projects and readings.  

(Already, the Glenshire teachers have made connections with the students about one of the current American astronauts onboard the ISS and readings they did last year in their classrooms.)

Budget (10 points)
Taxes
$11.64
Shipping
$0.00
Amount Requested
$145.00
Notes

This grant will impact the full enrollment of Tahoe Lake Elementary School, as all students come to the Science Lab once a week for Hands On Science experiences, so just over 300 students will receive some amount of Space Education using this device.

Comments

As I am already using this device at Glenshire, I would be happy to demonstrate its use upon request.