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Launch experience for the next generation

CGBA Science Insert (CSI) is BioServe's premier K-12 education program. This program is designed to interest the K-12 population in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is conducted in collaboration with several education partners including the Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Education Outreach via its bioedonline.org website, Orion's Quest, the Westminster, Colorado Butterfly Pavilion, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the University of Kansas Monarch Watch These programs provide in-kind support while NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) have provided recent funding support.These programs provide in-kind support while NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) have provided recent funding support.

The CSI program offers students the ability to participate in near
real-time life science research on board the International Space Station (ISS). Participating students have the opportunity to have classroom habitats that are similar in size and function of the space flight habitat on board the ISS. This enables the students to conduct ground control experiments and compare their experiment results with those from the space flight experiment. Daily images and video are down linked from the ISS via NASA and BioServe's Payload Operations and Command Center (POCC) and then uplinked to BioServe's education partners' websites for student access. While the experiment is running on board the ISS and with computer access, the students can follow the experiment in their classroom on a daily basis. For each experiment conducted, teachers are provided a standards based curriculum to utilize.

k-12 students

Through their active participation in space–based life science research, students in classrooms on their educational journey collect data on a wide variety of experiments.

Past experiments:

Orb weaving spiders including Metepeira, L. patagiatus, Nephila clavipes (bioedonline.org).
Life cycle of the butterfly including Painted Lady and Monarch (bioedonline.org, monarchwatch.org, orionsquest.org)
Study of multiple generations of the C-elegans worm (orionsquest.org)
The mobility of multiple generations of fruit flies in microgravity (orionsquest.org)
Silicate crystal growth in microgravity (orionsquest.org)

With this in-depth knowledge of space and experiments students hone their skills in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) areas through active participation in authentic research being conducted by scientists and engineers at BioServe, NASA and other organizations.

CSI-06, a study on ant foraging behavior in space and sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and NASA, is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on board Cygnus (Orbital 1) in December of 2013. More details will be coming soon.

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