The Odyssey SpaceLab is a 12 foot-long, full-scale replica of a space laboratory module that would be found as a part of the International Space Station. The Odyssey SpaceLab contains seven different workstations -- Data Retrieval (computer functions), Communications (including a CB radio), Hydroponics, BioMed (EEG & EKG machines, LifeSciences, Life-Support, and Isolation (robotic HazMAT handling). Unlike other simulations that are just painted facades, each of the workstations aboard the Odyssey SpaceLab really do work! Real plants grow in Hydroponics and a real robot arm retrieves slides for a videomicroscope in the LifeSciences Workstations. Six workstations are equipped with TV camera and flat-screen video monitors that are linked to the Mission Control Console and the Orion Shuttle simulations set up in classrooms at different schools.
The Odyssey SpaceLab is composed of:
Station 1: Data Retrieval
features videoconferencing, laptop computer, WebTV, & Internet communications. Lesson plans include study of computers & the invention of the Internet.
Station 2: Communications Module features video-conferencing, CB radio, & an Internet link. Lesson plans include history of communications (verbal/nonverbal, radio, TV, & the invention of the communications satellite).
Station 3: Isolation Unit
features A.R.T. (Automatic Radiological Terminal), which is the automatic robotic arm for handling hazardous materials. Lesson plans include the study of radiation, hazardous chemicals, & robotics.
Station 4: BioMed
contains EKG, EEG, Blood Pressure, & other medical testing equipment. Lesson plans include space physiology, exercise, brain/heart functions, decimals, & math.
Station 5: Hydroponics,
a.k.a. Victoria's Station, features real plants being grown in nutrient solution. Students help to irrigate & otherwise maintain plants using glove box. Lesson plans include the study of botany and then effects of lack of gravity on plants.
Station 6: Life Sciences
features A.M.I. the Articulating Microscopy Interface, which is a marriage of microscope & robotic arm. Students view slides using joysticks and TV monitors. Lesson plans include history/study of microscopes, microscopic plants & animals, & micro technology.
Station 7: Life Support
is situated on the ceiling simulation and includes Oxygen, Air Pressure, & necessary life support systems. Lesson plans include atmospheric pressure, the nature of oxygen, general life science, recycling, the manufacture of H20, etc