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Curious Scientific Investigators (CSI): Beyond Spaceship Earth

February 1, 2014 - January 31, 2017
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Museum) is creating Curious Scientific Investigator (CSI): Beyond Spaceship Earth, a project geared towards immersing children and families in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, which will be launched in 2016. As the lead institution, the Museum is partnering with NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), Purdue University, and SpaceX to implement the project in Indianapolis. CSI: Beyond Spaceship Earth will introduce children and families to the science of human space exploration in the 21st century. Through an array of informal learning experiences aimed at promoting STEM concepts and NASA’s educational outcomes the project will pursue the following objectives: Immerse visitors in the ISS and laboratory environments; Provide an environment to allow performing and manipulating experiments to understand the importance of NASA’s research and exploration; and Engage in real-life and simulated experiences, including interactions with university students studying STEM disciplines, which encourage children and youth to explore STEM skills and careers through NASA’s research and exploration. The Museum has designed an immersive International Space Station-themed exhibit along with contextual and authentic activities for children and families, with production set to begin in late 2015. Museum teams are currently completing front-end research, prototyping and exhibit design. Leveraging family and informal learning expertise and incorporating the experiences of real astronauts, this project will support understanding of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) research and operations. This exhibit will also promote interest, engagement, and awareness of NASA’s achievements in space exploration and how these benefit life on Earth.


Funding Program: CP4SMP
Award Number: NNX14AD06A
Funding Amount: 675743


  • Jennifer Pace-Robinson
    Principal Investigator
    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • David Wolf
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Discipline: Space science
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Families | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Media and Technology | Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media | Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Informal/Formal Connections | K-12 Programs

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