International Space Station’s lab partners with Ohio State’s Innovation Studio in challenge

The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, will partner with the Innovation Studio to issue an innovation challenge on January 8, 2018. This unique challenge, issued only to The Ohio State University, asks students, faculty and staff to pitch ideas to develop a product, service or solution with social impact that utilizes the International Space Station. Astronaut Greg Johnson, president and executive director of CASIS, will be in attendance to officially propose CASIS’s challenge at a reception on January 8 at noon in the Dreese Laboratories building. (RSVP for the reception here.) The Innovation Studio will be in residence (January 8 – February 21) at the College of Engineering in the Dreese Laboratories building from January 8 to February 21.


Submissions to the challenge need to be turned in by February 14 to pitch on February 21. “The Innovation Studio reviews submissions from across the innovation spectrum. From back-of-napkin concepts to working prototypes, we engage with interprofessional teams to help them turn their ideas into actions,” says Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN, chief innovation officer of the College of Nursing, which created the Innovation Studio. Top teams may be eligible to send their innovations to the International Space Station for testing.


CASIS plans to present a webinar to discuss how research on the International Space Station can be used to search for new answers and solutions to problems facing our planet. Space research provides unique conditions not found on Earth including a microgravity environment, extreme conditions and a unique vantage point. Teams of two or more Ohio State students, faculty or staff from different disciplines may also be eligible for seed funding to further incubate their innovation.


The Innovation Studio is a moveable maker space that travels from college to college across campus, created by the College of Nursing to foster interprofessional collaboration and healthcare innovation. It houses an array of tools and provides project mentors, daily technical support and workshops on product development. For more information about the Innovation Studio and the CASIS challenge, see the Innovation Studio’s webpage at, or contact Tim Raderstorf at