Living Space

Exploring the optimal environmental conditions for human life

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Project Overview

How does your Living Space compare to the International Space Station?

As we look forward to expanding space exploration into long-term, long-distance space travel, we need to understand how environmental factors impact human health and well-being. Let’s Talk Science has developed an exciting new Action Project in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency and the CanCode program to give teachers and students an opportunity to monitor their “living space” and integrate science and coding in a unique and engaging way in their classroom. During the upcoming mission of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, David will be experiencing first-hand the environmental conditions of the International Space Station (ISS) and reporting them back to earth for participating classrooms to compare their results to!

Participating students and educators will:

  • Study key environmental conditions that are carefully monitored and adjusted on the ISS;
  • Investigate environmental conditions, such as temperature, light, humidity, and air quality, in their classroom, and how these relate to health and well-being;
  • Collect and analyse data using programmed sensors and compare it with information from other participating classrooms as well as other locations – even the ISS during David Saint-Jacques' mission;
  • Develop analytical thinking and digital and coding skills!

For a more in-depth overview of the project, including suggested timing: Living Space – Instructional Design at a glance (PDF)

For curriculum alignment by province: Curriculum connections to the Living Space action project

David Saint-Jacques

  • Date of birth: January 6, 1970
  • From:Saint-Lambert, Quebec
  • Background: Engineer, astrophysicist, family doctor
  • Education: Bachelor of engineering in engineering physics; Ph.D. in astrophysics; medical degree
  • Flight certification: Commercial pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • Languages: French and English, and basic Russian, Spanish and Japanese
  • Mission: Expedition 58/59


The Canadian Space Agency

Let’s Talk Science is working with the Canadian Space Agency and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who has been assigned to a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Government of Canada CanCode program

In January 2018, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) announced a $2 million investment to Let’s Talk Science as part of the CanCode program. The funding will enable Let’s Talk Science to facilitate the development of digital skills for educators, children and youth across Canada. Let’s Talk Science’s CanCode-funded project will include two components – Digital Literacy professional learning workshops for Educators, and the Living Space action project.

Visit the CanCode page to find out more about the initiative and all the different ways this will improve the lives of Canadians for year’s to come.

Fair Chance Learning

Let’s Talk Science is partnering with leading educator professional learning provider Fair Chance Learning to offer Canadian educators a free Digital Literacy professional learning program. The Digital Literacy program offers K-12 educators a transformative and sustainable approach to professional learning that builds on best practices and unlocks their potential for helping students thrive in a technology-rich world. This professional learning will also support those educators who wish to run the Living Space action project in their classrooms with a custom module outlining the project.