May 7, 2020
Helping kids reach for the stars—or the International Space Station—is just one of the ways that NASA and ISS National Labs are keeping kids that are affected by the COVID-19 lockdown involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities while they are out of school.
The program comprises ten hours of learning at no cost.Families can download the Space Station Explorers STEM Guide, which includes what the ISS describes as hands-on space-themed learning activities for kids in grades 3-8, Goodnet reports. The activities are designed to encourage children to explore the various science activities on the Space Station.
In addition, NASA has created STEM activities for families to execute with their older kids—like launching rockets, building a hovercraft, and building a NASA moon phase calculator. Other space-related activities for older children allow them to take part in experiments that are being done on the International Space Station and to compare results.
Learning modules help students explore life sciences, robotics, and mat, Goodnet notes. One example involves using simple materials to show how astronauts float in space and it has absolutely nothing to do with lack of gravity.
Older students can join citizen science projects like searching for new brown dwarf stars by researching Hubble space images—or using satellite data to help scientists track penguin populations. A program that just completed on April 22, was about helping to choose which protein plant could best be grown in space (alfalfa, mungbean, or lentil).
What’s more, NASA At Home gives parent’s ideas about science projects that can done at home and even contains a collection educational of videos, e-books, podcasts, and virtual tours.
While it is not easy for parents to keep their kids actively learning during these stay-at-home times, using the myriad of fun hands-on educational activities from NASA and its partners can help. After all, what child doesn’t dream about reaching the stars?
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