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Next Generation Science Resources

International Space Station in your Room

The ISS orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes at a speed of 17,148 mph.  In a 24 hour day, it goes around the Earth approx 16 times.  This means the Astronauts see 15 or 16 sunrises and sunsets each day!  
If you go to:  Spot the station  you can put in Belleville, Illinois to find the day and time you can actually see the ISS overhead.  June 1 (10:26pm) and June 2 (9:37pm) is the longest view time of 6 minutes, many times you can only see it for 1-2 minutes.  

Another neat site:     On this website you can continuously find the current position of the ISS over the Earth and the current view of what the Astronauts actually see. 

This site answers all the questions you have about the ISS and takes you on a tour of the ISS!


NASA NGSS Aligned Lessons

This is an awesome collection of lessons from NASA aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

NASA for Educators

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The activities in these units were developed to provide educators in Illinois with options for meeting many of the Next Generation Science Standards while utilizing the Illinois-specific resources of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).


Project Squirrel

Become a Citizen Scientist! Observe and report data on squirrels throughout the area.