To give a student access to the International Space Station is to give hopes and dreams that know no limits to the youth of today. What will they do with tomorrow?
How does the Quest ISS Program inspire STEM?
Defining the Future
Running heat experiments in microgravity to find more efficient ways to dispersing heat on board the ISS not only helps solve current pressing issues but the process of brainstorming, implementing, testing, and drawing conclusions can relate to a life-time of inspiration for making a difference in our world. Providing life-saving water in 3rd world countries, curing cancer, etc. are all challenges that we need today’s youth to be encouraged and asking the questions for the future.
Each team functions like a corporation, with one student leading the payload or experiment side, one handling PR with the local media outlets, and another student to handle documentation. The project teams are given milestones to complete and ensure they make the ultimate deadline of the rocket launch date.
Exploring the Unknown
Among the over 100 unique experiments that have been launched, some examples include studying plant growth, measuring radiation profiles aboard the ISS, studying the behavior of ant colonies, analyzing bacteria growth, and the first ever (for even NASA) plating metal in space.
International Space Station (ISS):
A microgravity laboratory in which an international crew of six people live and work while traveling at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting Earth every 90 minutes. Easy to spot in the night sky as the brightest object in the night after the moon.
The ISS has been continuously occupied since November 2000. In that time, more than 200 people from 15 countries have visited.
Updated with a more modular, scalable system, Quest Institute’s ISS Program makes ISS experimentation accessibility a reality for many more students around the globe. For usability, the current technology solution incorporates a plug ‘n play approach necessary for elementary age youth and beyond to participate. Successfully launched on the Oct 2016 ISS resupply mission, the QuestforSpace ISS platform will enable next generation science experiments using Internet of Things (IoT) implementations on low cost micro-computers, and program and build experiments using Lego Mindstorms, all running on an automation platform that allows dynamic updates to ISS experiment programs while in flight. Quest Institute continues to build upon each successful spaceflight and continues on the path of breaking barriers in order to find ways to support, excite, and encourage the youth of today.