Data handling: International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a fascinating real-world setting for teaching how data is collected, used and displayed as well as the scientific learning of the conditions needed for plants and animals, including humans, to survive.

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: Homes in space

Learn that the International Space Centre (ISS) is a ‘home’ in space for astronauts who travel there and that computers are used to collect data to make sure that human needs are met on the ISS

Learning Objective

To understand how computers can help humans survive in space

Lesson 2: Space bag

Develop mouse and keyboard skills by creating digital drawings of basic items that astronauts would need in space, learning about the basic survival needs of humans

Learning Objective

To create a digital drawing of essential items for life in space

Lesson 3: Warmer, colder

Learning that sensor monitors are used onboard the ISS to collect data and ensure the astronauts are safe and healthy, discover how to read thermometers and design a display to show data

Learning Objective

To understand the role of sensors on the ISS

Lesson 4: Experiments in space

Learn what plants need to grow that will help to create an algorithm for growing a plant in space, including the use of sensors to collect vital data

Learning Objective

To create an algorithm for growing a plant in space

Lesson 5: Goldilocks planets

Using an understanding of what is required to support human life by exploring a range of both real and fictitious planets, interpreting data to decide whether they might be habitable

Learning Objective

To interpret data

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources