NASCAR teams push science to its limits to eke out the tenths or hundredths of a second that separate the winner from the also-rans. The Science of Speedvideo series, produced for the National Science Foundation uses the elements of NASCAR to show that a racecar really is a science experiment on wheels. Students will learn how science makes cars powerful, agile, fast, and safe—and how these same principles affect their own cars. The series is comprised of 12 episodes, ranging from Drag & Drafting to Momentum & Time—all of which may be viewed free of charge:
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water.
The Saxena Family Foundation awards grants and supports programs that have a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and around empowering girls and young women so that they have equal rights later in life through literacy programs, jobs, and life-skills training.
K–12 students in US public, private, and home schools can enter NASA’s Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand-prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.