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From the Moon to Mars: STEM Learning in Space!

Posted by EiE Team on Wednesday, July 20, 2022

It’s the anniversary of the moon landing! In 1969, the Apollo 11 mission landed among the stars, marking one giant step for man and a giant leap for mankind. 53 years after the mission, people across the world are once again celebrating the moon landing, the odds that were stacked against it and how it continues to influence spaceflight. This year, here are some space-themed resources and activities to explore to support learning:

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 The Sky’s the Limit: Engineering Flying Technologies — India and Jacob are visiting a friend at NASA’s Ames Research Lab. With India and Jacob’s help, kids dive into aeronautical engineering by designing models of flying technologies that help NASA collect aerial photographs. Kids will learn that scientists and engineers often study harsh environments here on Earth (like the largest sand desert in the world, the Empty Quarter) to understand the environments they might encounter in space.

For 6-8 grade students, become water resource engineers with ‘Water Reuse: Testing the Waters’ and learn how to provide for one of life’s essential resources. Life on Earth requires access to clean water, and as populations grow, the demand for water increases. Use the steps of the Engineering Design Process to design creative ways to reuse water!

How are you celebrating this momentous anniversary? What resources are you using to explore the universe? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by EiE Team

Topics: Out-of-School time, EiE Resources for Teachers, EiE Teaching Tips, Implementing EiE, Engineering for All, Afterschool/Summer Camp, Create a Generation of Problem Solvers, STEM Implementation, Virtual Learning, Climate Change, NASA

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