Asteroid Day is June 30th! Every year, the United Nations-sanctioned event aims to educate the public about the risks and opportunities of asteroids by hosting events, providing educational resources, and by providing regular communications to a global audience on multiple digital platforms. To help you join in the celebration and learning this year, check out some of our space-themed resources and activities!
Check out our FREE, NASA-funded STEM resources for students in grades 3-8, such as:
Our EVOLVE series, which includes videos about Mars rovers and climate change.
For learners in grades 3-5, explore Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers
— Jacob is at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory learning how to engineer rovers that can be used to explore faraway worlds. Meanwhile, India is learning about the trade-offs and variables involved in engineering a rocket as she blasts off to the International Space Station. Kids will engineer rockets and rovers to help India and Jacob explore several planets and moons in our solar system.
For 6-8 grade students, design remote sensing devices with ‘Remote Sensing: Worlds Apart’ and learn: how do scientists and engineers gather information from places in the solar system that are difficult to reach? Use the Engineering Design Process to design remote sensing devices that can help scientists learn about a newly discovered moon, or build water reuse systems with ‘Water Reuse: Testing the Waters’
How are you celebrating Asteroid Day? What resources are you using to explore the universe and everything in it? Let us know in the comments below!