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Parkside Elementary’s Involvement with International Space Station

By Carol McCannon
Parkside Elementary School students had the opportunity to make contact with the International Space Station! Students, parents, and community stakeholders of Parkside Elementary School participated in NASA’s education activity known as Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) on March 2, 2012.  The ARISS program consisted of a school-wide rotation of inquiry-based science and math activities and concluded with students posing questions to members aboard the International Space Station.  The ARISS radio contact was one in a series with educational activities in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This experience is a continuation of Parkside Elementary’s participation in NASA STEM activities. Last year, Parkside students and teachers participated in the Teaching From Space Reduced Gravity Education Flight week in which two teachers from Parkside tested students’ hypothesis on the effects of bubbles in a reduced-gravity environment on board an aircraft that simulates microgravity. Parkside also provides ongoing STEM-related clubs in robotics and rocketry, as well as the opportunity for fourth-and fifth-graders to attend the NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

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