NASA Statewide Astronaut Lollapalooza!
Through STEM on Station Downlinks, NASA provides students with the opportunity to connect with astronauts aboard the space station for a live question-and-answer session about living and working in space.
The Astronaut Exploration Lollapalooza is a RISTA state-wide event that broadens teacher participation as part of RISTA’s mission to instruct the public on science subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community.
Senator Jack Reed endorses the program, and he will provide an introductory video to the event.
Connecting all our students with International Space Station (ISS) astronauts provides personalized, compelling phenomena to help K-12 students develop STEM identities, connects students with space research, and encourages state-wide engagement in space exploration.
Visit the Commercial Crew page to learn more about Crew-6 and Expedition 69.
RISTA teamed up with the
NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium!
Space Grant students can come to your school or zoom into your classroom to share a fun STEM activity.
Complete this form if you're interested!
Possible Dates (NASA will choose and let us know)
April 26, 28
May 22-26; 30-31
Our requested time span is between 12 and 2 pm EST
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy
Coventry High School
Cranston High School West
Cathy Jimenez Long
Jamestown Lawn Avenue School
Kickemuit Middle School
Monsignor Clarke School
St. Peter School
Steps to Participate
1. Are you interested? Complete this quick Google Form.
2. Take a video of your student(s) one at a time, asking the ISS astronauts a related STEM question.
Upload your videos on Scoutlier
Information and Directions
Scoutlier is a free and secure award-winning educational platform for effectively creating experiential learning lessons.
Scoutlier is easy to use!
1. Click on this link: https://student.scoutlier.com/code?assignmentCode=ZJ0R0P
2. Enter your first and last name
3. Click Login
4. Step 1. Please enter your * full name, title, school name and school location.
5. Step 2. Read the video requirements and suggestions. Each video is no more than 2 minutes. To upload, click the video icon within the dark gray square box (below) and add.
6. Steps 3-5. Skip or add more videos.
7. Don't forget to scroll to the end and click the submit button!
8. If you have more than 5 videos, repeat the process with a slight variation to your name. e.g. Kathy Eller2
*You are entering your full name to enter the system, and your full name in step 1. This helps us keep track of submissions.
3. Plan a hands-on activity relating to our theme, broadening STEM participation.
For student activities visit, NASA STEM Engagement or Next Gen STEM.
4. Sign up to have a NASA RI Space Grant Consortium Student share a STEM activity either in person at your school or via zoom.
The NASA Consortium has a Grant available, which is separate from the RISTA-Sponsored Lollapalloza
The NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium is soliciting applications to fund curriculum development projects at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels throughout the state. All projects related to the development of NASA-relevant curricula or other educational programs are invited to apply for funding. Projects may include, but are not limited to, development of K-12 STEM lessons and educational materials, professional development programs/workshops for K-12 educators, new undergraduate and graduate courses that integrate content relevant to NASA goals, courses or educational programs that integrate NASA data or teach students how to work with NASA data products, and courses that employ new pedagogical approaches or methodologies to bring NASA-relevant content to a broad audience, to name a few. Projects and courses that focus on increasing access to high quality STEM education in underserved communities/groups, that offer hands-on learning experiences for students, and/or that seek to develop novel digital/online learning experiences for diverse audiences are highly encouraged.
Click on the yellow pdf link (above) for more information.
Program leaders Ralph Milliken and Nancy Cimeninelli don't want teachers to be
discouraged by the cost-match requirement.
Contact Ralph_Milliken@brown.edu and Nancy_Ciminelli@brown.edu
for more information and advice on how to cost match.