The 11th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC), being held in Washington, D.C., July 25-28, will focus on a decade of results from research carried out on the International Space Station (ISS). Some of this research is led by students who design pioneering experiments leveraging the ISS and even publish their results, advancing science both in space and on the ground. ISSRDC 2022 provides multiple opportunities to discover how the ISS not only serves as a cutting-edge laboratory in space but also as an incredible learning platform that can inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.
During ISSRDC, educators and other attendees can participate in a variety of events focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. On Day 1 of the conference, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, Cindy Marten, who will deliver a keynote address. Marten has a distinguished career in education spanning 32 years, during which she helped to increase graduation rates and championed award-winning policies for staff and students.
Day 3 of ISSRDC includes a panel discussion on how “Inspiration Drives Results Through STEM Education and Outreach.” Moderated by Maynard Okereke, founder of Hip Hop Science, the discussion will focus on how those inspired through STEM opportunities go on to inspire others. The panelists include:
- Quincy Brown, Program Director, STEM Education Research, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
- Alex Dainis, Owner, Helicase Media, LLC & Genes in Space Partner
- Victor Glover, NASA astronaut
Also on Day 3, the ISS National Lab will present three educators with awards for excellence in STEM education. These educators have done outstanding work engaging students in ISS National Lab Space Station Explorers educational partner programs and helping other educators bring ISS-related activities into their classrooms. Later that afternoon, the winner of the 2022 Genes in Space student research competition will be announced, rounding out an exciting day of STEM-related events.
Additionally, ahead of the conference, the Educational Outreach subcommittee of the ISS National Lab User Advisory Committee (UAC) will provide updates at the UAC meeting on July 25. There will also be STEM education technical sessions and a section of posters on display in the ISSRDC Marketplace Expo. Student researchers will be on hand to discuss their research at designated times during the conference. There will also be a STEM education exhibit space set up in the Expo, where representatives from ISS National Lab educational partner programs will be available.
ISSRDC is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc., manager of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory; NASA; and the American Astronautical Society. The conference will take place July 25-28, 2022, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.