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The SpaceXpress Project is a mobile, state-of-the-art classroom that brings space demonstrations, simulations and educational activities to Universities and schools around the world to excite students about science and math through space exploration. Through 8 unique "racks," similar to those used on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, and staff led hands on activities and demonstrations, visitors can explore different aspects of real-world challenges in space exploration. Each group or participant will design their own virtual reality mission based on the choices they make at each rack, i.e. mode of propulsion, length of mission, destination etc. Once all choices have been made the participant or group will watch as their mission profile is created dynamically by the onboard computers and they can then "fly" their virtual mission and see if they are successful. SpaceXpress allows SISC to reach students, teachers, and the public in areas which generally do not have access to the resources the SpaceXpress van bring.
The most visible part of the SpaceXpress Program is the SpaceXpress Vehicle which is a mobile, state-of-the-art classroom that brings space demonstrations, simulations and educational activities to K-12 schools to excite students about science and math through space exploration.
The Rack System
Knowledge Database : A large database containing data about scientists, classrooms and groups worldwide to ease the exchange of knowledge, share projects, and promote international partnerships.
Free Web space : to help space working groups to put their projects on-line, SISC offers free web space.
Chats and Forums : The members of a joint project can meet at SISC's chat and on-line forums to exchange experience and strengthen partnership.
Other Resources : On the fly translation software to turn off language barriers, Videoconference session, Newsletters, etc.
Before Vehicle arrival...
Weeks before, classrooms receive a kit of educational materials regarding the scientific subjects seen inside the SpaceXpress (Books, CD-ROMS, Videos, etc...)
During the "SpaceXpress Visit" ...
Teachers would deploy field experiments of their choice from the SpaceXpress Virtual Library. The students can interact with experiments in the racks and communicate with other classrooms around the World via the Internet.
After the Vehicle leaves...
Reinforcement of what they have seen in SpaceXpress with further activities. After SpaceXpress experience the students work in a Virtual Community environment, creating lasting links between groups worldwide.
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