Exploration of the Solar System Through Augmented Reality
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has createdSpacecraft 3D, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS that lets students learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe. Using a printed AR Target and the camera on their mobile device, students can get up close with these robotic explorers, see how they move, and learn about the engineering feats used to expand our knowledge and understanding of space. Spacecraft 3D will be updated over time to include more spacecraft that act as our robotic eyes on Earth, our solar system, and beyond. Cost: Free
Plus: The NASA 3DVapp for iOS replicates the Spacecraft 3D application but deals with NASA’s flagship program—a deep-space exploration project that will take a human being to asteroids, Mars, and beyond. To use the app, students need to download and print a marker (Target), which represents the NASA logo. Then they simply choose which 3D concepts they’d like to see—Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, ground infrastructure at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, or even the mission launch—and point their mobile device on the Target to see real technology masterpieces right in front of them. Cost: Free
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in June.
The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia brings the causes, events, and ideas of the American Revolution to life through immersive and creative programming for people of all ages and diverse life experiences. The well-researched, high-quality programs and learning resources draw on the museum’s collection and exhibits to present multiple historical perspectives through the eyes of real people who lived during the American Revolution.
Ocean School (OS) is a free, state-of-the-art learning experience that provides the next generation of ocean citizens, innovators, and decision makers with the knowledge and tools to investigate and design innovative solutions for the accelerating challenges that face the world’s oceans.