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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Time was requested in the Flight Plan (Flight Data File) or Payload Crew Activity Plan for educational activities which required significant crew participation during the flight. Scheduling of most educational activities was flexible and was dependent upon crew availability. Typically, one crewmember was assigned by the Commander as the on orbit director.
The amount and use of crew time required was mission dependent, but typically:
a. The on-orbit director was scheduled to conduct all educational activities. All other crewmembers typically required 1.5 hours working with the on-orbit director.
b. The entire crew was utilized for the duration of the event typically 30 minutes in length.
c. One or two crewmembers participated in the demonstration and/or narration that was typically 5 to 10 minutes in length. The amount of events was mission dependent. Prior to the FPSR, the flight crew, PAO, and Flight Activities Officer (FAO) identified the subjects and experiments. These times will be coordinated with the JSC FAO with sufficient lead time to ensure inclusion in the basic edition of the flight plan or coordinated through the payload Mission Manager for entry into the Payload Crew Activity Plan. These times were coordinated with the JSC FAO with sufficient lead time to ensure inclusion in the basic edition of the flight plan or coordinated through the payload Mission Manager for entry into the Payload Crew Activity Plan.
This was an educational evaluation. Results aren’t available.