RSL consists of missions designed for teams of students. Each mission is named after a Columbia Crew member. The program is modular, and the participants in the program can deploy as many “kit-driven” space-related missions that fit the group's advance and schedule. Each mission is a milestone preparing the students for the RSL Challenge - experiment in space.
At the Final Event, each school chooses the best experiment to be sent to the International Space Station. During the event and throughout the project- the Ramon Foundation assists the schools with arranging professional visits of experts from Space and Aviation industry, IA pilots, and Astronauts. These experts meet the students and participate as judges in the final event. RSL allows the students to master subjects and areas of knowledge via teaching them to their teammates and classmates. In order to teach a subject, a student must first break it down, learn what he has to learn and more. In the process of writing a lesson plan or an activity for his classmates, the student first understands the subject in depth. When approaching a mission, the teacher has almost as little knowledge on the subject as the students do. This equal starting point is empowering for the student, as he sees his teacher going through a similar learning process. In this journey towards the solution, the teacher serves as a mentor who introduces the practices and steers the students in the right direction through methods such as discussions, reviews and feedbacks. He gives the student the tools and the work methods to help him learn and achieve his goal.
Each mission is a task designed to encourage students to look for answers, expand their horizons and learn. Each mission can take 3-10 or more sessions, depending on the learning progress pace and depth. The mission is broken down into phases and reviews.
The RSL Missions methodology is based on NASA Project Management approach and Israeli Air