Search form

Students Explore Space With EarthKAM

Students Explore Space With EarthKAM

Middle school students from around the world were recently given the opportunity to take photos of Earth from the International Space Station.

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a program "meant to spark student interest in STEM subjects through photographing the earth from space," according to an article on

“Sally Ride EarthKAM is a perfect example of how igniting student interest in STEM in the classroom can lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers in STEM,” said Karen Flammer, director of Sally Ride EarthKAM and space physicist at University of California San Diego.

Flammer said many students participating in the EarthKAM program "end up interning at the university’s lab, and some have gone on to work at NASA."

"During a Sally Ride EarthKAM mission, students at participating middle schools log in to the EarthKAM website and request images based on their classroom work," the article said. "Their requests are processed at the Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission Operations Center, and following the mission students can see the images online."

According to the article, "more than 500,000 students, representing thousands of schools in 78 countries, have participated in EarthKAM since the program began in 1995, and have taken more than 69,000 images of Earth. About 600 schools participated in November."

"The program is part of Sally Ride Science, which was created by Ride, America’s first woman in space, to help educators in grades 3 through 8 create and sustain student interest in STEM topics and careers," the article concluded.

Read the full story and comment below. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

Latest Education News
What better way to promote summer learning than to engage in STEM activities?
Why Singapore's math curriculum is creating the world's best and brightest in the subject.
Sexual assault cases persist from elementary school up through college, so what's the solution to make schools safer?
Some experts are arguing that more classrooms that utilize blended learning will help decrease the high number of...
Parents in the Hazelwood School District are no different than many parents across the country in that they don't...