The Aerospace Corporation, a non-profit, federally funded research and development center committed exclusively to space enterprise, has developed resources for teaching space in the classroom including slide packages, video, student worksheets and lesson plans on a variety of topics. To view and download, visit: https://aerospace.org/stem/teacher-resources Of special interest, is their CubeSat Mission Brief. In this […]
Educational Passages sells a 5-foot mini-sailboat kit loaded with sensors and a satellite transmitter. After building and launching the boat, students can track its progress (as well as that of other boats) on the organization’s webpage. Should your school not be near a coastal location, they will connect you with others who will launch your […]
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) & National Weather Services (NWS) Educational Portals
NOAA, like NASA, offers a wealth of resources for STEM teachers. Their portal can be found at: https://www.noaa.gov/education Information on their weather satellites can be found at: https://www.noaa.gov/satellites The National Weather Service is part of NOAA, but maintains a separate educational portal at: https://www.weather.gov/education/ Information on their weather balloons can be found at multiple URLs, […]
The International Space Apps Challenge 2022 runs October 1-2, with registration open now. https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/ Join NASA and 11 other space agencies in a truly international hackathon “for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on […]
The best way to learn to solder is to use a learn-to-solder project, typically a simple circuit board with 5 to 10 components, well spaced out. Many are blinking light badges. You can find them on Amazon. I’m partial to those offered by SparkFun. The ARRL has a learn-to-solder kit that is actually useful: a […]
Interested in learning how NASA creates false-color deep space images from the Hubble and Webb telescopes? Now you can create your own images using their image datasets and software. You can even control one of their Earth-based telescopes! Visit the Astrophoto Challenges for details: https://mo-www.cfa.harvard.edu/OWN/astrophoto/index.html
The Satellite Educators Association (sated.org) are STEM teachers who use real-world satellite data in their classrooms. I’ll be presenting “Classroom Activities with the AMSAT Functional CubeSat Simulator” on July 29 at their 35th annual conference in LA and on Zoom. Registration ends July 22.
Inexpensive radio astronomy kits are now available from NASA’s Radio JOVE Project
Videos of the Zoom sessions of the 2022 NV STEAM conference are now available. The annual conference is for Nevada STEM / STEAM K-12 teachers, but is relevant for all educators. This year’s focus was on Design Based Learning.
The NASA TechRise program challenged middle and high school students to design and build experiments for either a high altitude balloon or a suborbital rocket. Today the 57 winning teams were announced here: https://www.futureengineers.org/nasatechrise Note sometime in the future, clicking on the student’s project name will display a page displaying information regarding the project. So […]
Cubes in Space is the only global STEM program for students 11-18 years of ageproviding suborbital and high altitude balloon flight opportunities on NASA missions. Homeschooled students, after-school, and out-of-school clubs are eligible. Students propose and create experiments that must fit into a 4cm cube. Free courseware to support the program is available.
The JPL University Crowdsourcing Initiative (JUCI) offers access to relevant JPL challenges to which universities can propose to participate in as part of their student’s educational experience. Students volunteer their services to solve the challenges. JPL JUCI students support real-world space science challenges with JPL as coach. Details here: https://scienceandtechnology.jpl.nasa.gov/opportunities/academic-partnerships/juci
Spaceport.academy is a free online learning website focusing on space exploration and space technologies. Clicking the Mind Map link reveals how the lessons are organized by track: Space Science, Biology in Space, Space Applications, Robotics, and Engineering. The Engineering track contains numerous lessons relevant to cubesats. When you register, please consider joining the QMR-KWT Space […]
Libre Space Foundation, creators of the SatNOGS network of satellite tracking stations, is conducting their fifth workshop this week. It’s online and free. Details at: https://events.libre.space/event/5/overview
Sixth to 12th-grade schools are invited to develop an experiment for a NASA flight on either a suborbital rocket or a high-altitude balloon. Proposals are due 3 Nov 2021. Visit https://www.futureengineers.org/nasatechrise for proposal details as well as instructional materials.
AMSAT’s annual symposium will again be held virtual this year. Members can register on the AMSAT website’s member portal. Non-members can watch the presentation on their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/RTvcceM7Tz0 Tentative Schedule 9:00am CDT – Opening Remarks 9:15am CDT – 2:00 pm CDT – General Presentations 2:00pm CDT – 3:00 pm CDT – AMSAT Education / […]
The Caltech Space Challenge brings 32 talented and highly-motivated students to the Caltech campus to participate in a week-long space mission design competition (March 21-25, 2022). The participants are split into two teams and both teams work under the mentorship of experts from industry, NASA and academia to design their mission concept from scratch to […]
Amateur Radio Digital Communications is a private foundation with significant ability and desire to support Amateur Radio and digital communication science and technology. They are expected to award more than $6-million in 2021 grants to schools and 501(c)(3) organizations such as radio clubs. Grants have been made for things like educational programs, repeater equipment upgrades, […]
Mission Space Lab is part of the European Astro Pi Challenge, an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which gives students and young people the amazing opportunity to conduct their own scientific experiments on the International Space Station. Teams of 2-6 young people, aged 19 and under, design and program […]
The NASA International Space Apps Challenge (Space Apps) is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Go to https://www.spaceappschallenge.org for details.
10th annual NASA Space Apps Challenge Registration is open for the 10th annual NASA Space Apps Challenge. “NASA is inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to come together in a global, virtualhackathon the weekend of October 2-3, 2021. During a period of 48 hours, participants from around the world will […]
On Saturday, February 20, 2021, ScienceHeads (a STEM education group out of Lake Forest, CA, US) launched and successfully recovered their sixth high altitude balloon (HAB). It carried a flight recorder that I built, as well as several radios for tracking and seeds for student experiments. I was member of the recovery team chasing the […]
“What impressed us most about the mission proposals was students’ enthusiasm to take on complex and ambitious projects — many of which focused on issues similar to what our national space missions are currently tackling.”— Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education Scott Stump’s quote says it […]
While checking the status of my Palm Desert balloon tracking station on aprs.fi, I noticed the balloon KM6HCB-11 was traveling overhead. With the help of Google, I discovered it was launched by Science Heads, a Southern California STEM organization for middle and high school students. And I could participate remotely from La Jolla. Because of […]
This is embarrassing, but I just learned that arduino.cc (the mothersite) has a STEAM channel on YouTube. Season 2 focus was on the Internet of Things (IOT). Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT6rF_I5kknPWSLv9uU3Kc0v9-1q4IymY
When submissions closed on October 16, CTE Mission: CubeSat had received 94 mission proposals from schools across the United States. The teams proposed a range of thought-provoking CubeSat projects, such as tracking changes to Earth’s magnetic field, assessing the environmental impact of pandemic lockdowns, and studying space debris. During two CTE webcasts, Robert Twiggs, co-inventor […]
As part of the CTE: Mission CubeSat Challenge Program, Magnitude.io conducted a very informative webcast outlining the details of planning, launching and tracking a high altitude balloon (HAB). Highly recommended. Watch the video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xEjkH6-O_IB82LlpEFltDetJx49A9A94/view Please let me know if the link is no longer valid.
The Cubes in Space program engages high school students and teachers from around the world to design unique experiments, that must fit into a 40mm cube, to be launched into space on a NASA sounding rocket or a high-altitude balloon. Details at https://www.cubesinspace.com/
Your webguide to space hobbies and activities. Its mission: “To prove to you that everyone can participate in space exploration and development in one way or another.” Don’t let the name fool you – it’s more than model rockets. This site is a wealth of information and projects at all levels. Check out HobbySpace.com.
I never thought much about water bottle rockets until I viewed a YouTube video on their use in Shields Lab’s virtual summer camp. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Zqx5QCe5b41CcZeWL003g The camp uses Adafruit’s Circuit Playground Express for numerous coding projects and on day 5, the “launch” the CPEx as a flight recorder on a bottle rocket. Since many schools will […]
The US Department of Education announced a new education program that invites high school students to design and build CubeSat prototypes. Details can be found here: https://www.ctemissioncubesat.com/ A virtual information session was held on September 1, 2020. Zoom recording available on their website.
One of the sponsors of the CTE Mission CubeSat challenge is XinaBox.cc. They developed a unique system of arduino based components, sensors and radios for the STEM/STEAM market. The components “snap” together forming a rigid stable platform for experimentation. Their system is much faster to assemble than traditional breadboarding or even 4-wire systems such as […]