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How does your “living space” compare to the International Space Station? Collect and analyse classroom environmental data to find out!


Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques speaks with students in Alberta from the International Space Station through a video call

Project enrollment for the 2018/2019 school year is closed. Join our email alert mailing list to be notified when 2019-2020 enrollment opens. 

Project Overview

Participating classes will explore how indoor environmental conditions influence human health, and identify the best conditions for healthy living. This knowledge is important not only on Earth, but also on the International Space Station (ISS), the future Lunar Gateway, and as long-duration space travel progresses, maybe even on Mars!

Project Description

Students and educators will study the key environmental conditions that are monitored and managed to keep astronauts healthy on the ISS. Students will measure environmental conditions such as temperature, CO2, and relative humidity in their classroom and submit the data to a national database. After developing their understanding of optimal ranges, and collecting data on their current environment, students will make a plan for classroom environmental improvement. The national Living Space database allows students to compare their classroom data with information from other participating classrooms in Canada as well as data from the ISS!

Technology for Implementing Living Space

As part of the Living Space project, students will collect, record, and upload data on the environmental conditions in their classroom into a national dataset. There are three different Data Collection Methods outlined in our educator resources:

  • Common Devices: Classrooms can choose to use instruments they already have available such as a thermometer or purchase readily available devices such as an indoor humidity monitor (hygrometer). This method does not require coding. 
  • Air Quality Monitor: A limited number of these tools are available to eligible Grade 6-9 classrooms (with some exceptions) thanks to Canadian Space Agency funding.  Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for more details on eligibility. (link to come) This method does not require coding. 
  • Micro:bit with COZIR sensor: Educators who participated in Living Space in 2018-2019 can participate with their classrooms this year using their existing equipment. Enrollment will be required to enter new classroom data. This method requires coding. 

Join the Project!


Canadian Space Agency Astronaut David Saint-Jacques invites students to participate in the Living Space project.

Living Space Classroom Connections

Learning Goals
  • Understand Canadian contributions to space research
  • Understand how environmental factors can affect physical and mental health, both on Earth and in space
  • Make data-driven decisions about the conditions of the learning environment
  • Use a digital format to communicate findings
  • Topics Focus: Space Science, Environmental Science, Computer Science
  • 21st Century Skills Focus: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creative Thinking
  • Computational Thinking Skills Focus: Algorithmic Thinking, Pattern Recognition, Decomposition, Abstraction