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

June 1-7

September 11-15

Our requested time span is between 12 and 2 pm EST

Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy

Ksenia Novikova

Coventry High School

Tiffany Risch

Joyce Windrow

Cranston High School West

Cathy Jimenez Long

Jamestown Lawn Avenue School

James Kaczynski

Kickemuit Middle School

Jillian Schneider

Monsignor Clarke School

Diana McLaughlin

St. Peter School

Susan Unger

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.

Video tips

  • All videos must be in portrait mode.

  • Record student videos in a quiet location with the least amount of ambient noise including air conditioners or fans. Background conversations, theme music, sound effects, etc. make it difficult for the crew to hear student questions.

  • Use a directional microphone or headphones with microphone when filming.

  • Film students in front of a simple background and ensure the student’s face is well lit and easily viewed. Avoid using green screens, adding effects post-recording, or editing the videos in any way.

  • Consider utilizing audio visual personnel to assist with recording.

  • If using a phone or tablet to record, utilize a tripod.

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:

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.

Concerns about privacy? View Scoutlier's privacy policy here. Scoutlier is used in several public schools across Rhode Island.

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

$10,000 NASA_RISpaceGrant_CurriculumDevelopmentGrantSolicitation.pdf

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 and

for more information and advice on how to cost match.

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