Why EIS Education is Unique!
Encouraging the next generation to Dream, Imagine, and Create is a thrilling opportunity for an educator. Making science fact from science fiction paves the way towards achieving these goals. For a truly unique experience in space education, Enterprise In Space Education (EIS ED) is the place to start an extra-terrestrial journey.
As part of the entrepreneurial “new space” (non-governmental) movement, EIS ED is creating space education opportunities and activities for world-wide student and educator participation. Where else can such an out of this world robust interdisciplinary, multi-layered learning experience come to you?
Submitting an experiment for orbit is open to all students, at all grade levels (K-university), from any discipline, worldwide. EIS is looking for students to be more than science visionaries and make ideas a reality. EIS is boldly encouraging students to embrace experiments involving music, art, history, and disciplines other than science.
EIS ED offers some exciting tools to use in the classroom that engage students to work in and enjoy learning through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts (creative & liberal) and Mathematics (STEAM) experiences! Experiments and activities developed for the low-Earth orbit space environment not only benefit science research, but can also open up the imagination to further ends. They open the doors for creative and liberal art projects, space law, health/fitness for spaceflight sports, and space fashion, to name a few. Spacefarers in our lifetime will need all these skills as they live, work, and play in space.
STEAM education within EIS ED programs provides students with important life-skill experiences and interdisciplinary, real-world, integrated learning that can later be applied to their adult and/or professional lives. Students will have the chance to create projects and experiments that will fly on or with the NSS Enterprise orbiter, engage their community, and collaborate with others around the world! Students are only limited by the scope of their imagination. With EIS ED, the unique environment of space is a student’s classroom.
EIS Student Flight Experiment Opportunities offer students the prospect to learn and engage at various levels of ability, while practicing and polishing a variety of educational skills that include, but are not limited to, written/oral presentation, critical/analytical thinking, leadership, teamwork, and a host of other skills.
A Quick Look at EIS Educational Advantages
- EIS ED offers zero flight cost to students.
- EIS ED offers grade level-based, multi-round project and experiment competitions. Projects and experiments are chosen through a competitive process, and in some contest categories, there may be several rounds of winners. Flight experiments will typically be chosen based on two rounds: a written submission and oral presentation.
- EIS ED offers four levels of experiment types that include:
– passive (non-powered)
– interior active (powered)
– exterior active (powered)
– free-flyer (active outside and unattached to the orbiter)
Students may enter any of these categories based on grade level and sophistication level of experiment. (Most other flight opportunities offer very limited and/or constrained experiment types.)
- EIS ED offers a K-college interdisciplinary approach to STEAM experimentation. Proposed projects and experiments are not limited to science-based research and can be interdisciplinary by involving creative and liberal arts. Other interdisciplinary skills such as language arts and history will be a required component of the competition process. (Most other flight opportunities concentrate only on STEM skills and overlook other skills necessary for success in today’s marketplace.)
- EIS ED offers a variety of experiment sizes and types. Variations in size, weight, and power options are possible in EIS flight experiments. (Most other flight opportunities restrict experiments to:
– limited size (generally, less than 10 cubic cm)
– limited weight (lightweight)
– mostly unpowered
EIS ED offers a reduction in some technical barriers to flight experiment development. Electrical and data interfaces will be offered in some experiment categories. This removes many of the barriers that prevent participation by lower grade level students and teachers. Students are able to concentrate on the experiment research to be carried out as opposed to an additional, oftentimes overwhelming, need to design power sources and data storage capabilities. (Most other flight opportunities do not allow powered experiments; those that do tend not to offer these types of capabilities.)
- EIS ED allows for long distance and/or multi-national collaboration. Some individuals or teams may choose to work with student teams from other locations/countries to create a true collaboration. For example, one team may choose to do the science research, while the collaborating team engineers the hardware. Tasks may be divided in multiple ways, allowing the teams to practice leadership and teamwork skills. (No other flight opportunities or competitions involve international collaboration between multiple teams or individuals.)
- EIS ED allows for capstone events and opportunities. After experiments are returned and analyzed by the students, there will be numerous opportunities to publish experiment results. Additionally, students may be able to present experiment results during conferences and at the EIS orbiter’s world tour venues. (No other flight opportunities or competitions offer public presentation and journaling of flight data results.)
EIS ED plans to reach out to other activist organizations and space companies to create partnerships in our education and outreach program. Collaborations will be sought with companies that already provide involvement in educational outreach, including undergraduate, graduate, and high school internship/mentorship programs. EIS would like to work in partnership with and expand on such already established programs.
SPECIAL NOTE: The EIS orbiter will be returned to Earth and the on-board experiments recovered. While this in itself is not unique, in conjunction with the other unique opportunities detailed above, it is educationally significant.