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Educational Activities (DSO 804)
Research Area:
No applicable research area
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

The purpose of this DSO was to use the attraction of space flight to capture the interest of students and motivate them toward careers in science, engineering, and mathematics. The addition of this DSO to a particular flight was coordinated through the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Educational Working Group (EWG). The activities supported by this DSO were separated into three distinct objectives.

1. To produce educational products, such as video lessons approximately 20 minutes in length with scenes recorded both on-orbit and on the ground. The on-orbit video will comprise approximately one-third of the finished video product. This DSO supported the videotaping of on-orbit educational activities performed by the flight crew as well as other educational activities which were deemed appropriate by the EWG and the flight crew.
2. Support the live TV downlink of educational activities performed by the flight crew explicitly towards or involving the participation of students and teacher. Typically, these activities were limited to one or two 30-minute live downlinks.
3. Support the live or videotaped TV downlink of educational activities performed by the flight crew directed toward a general audience. Typically, these activities were limited to 5 to 10 minutes per demonstration/narration which concentrate on explaining the science and/or principles of the experiments being performed by the crewmembers. The amount of events were mission dependent.

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Data Information
Data Availability
Archive is complete. No data sets are available for this experiment. Please Contact LSDA if you know of available data for this investigation.

Educational activities TV downlink
On-orbit video

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
STS-114 07/26/2005 08/09/2005 14 days
STS-47 09/12/1992 09/19/1992 7 days
STS-54 01/13/1993 01/19/1993 6 days
STS-59 04/09/1994 04/20/1994 11 days
STS-73 10/20/1995 11/05/1995 16 days
STS-97 11/30/2000 12/11/2000 11 days
STS-99 02/11/2000 02/22/2000 11 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Jessica Keune
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)