The Curiosity Cube is a traveling cargo container fitted with labs, virtual-reality technology, and other resources to give students a hands-on experience when learning about science. The concept of The Curiosity Cube is based on The Curiosity Labs program, developed by the biotech company Millipore Sigma, in which employees go into classrooms and conduct hands-on experiments with students. The Curiosity Cube extends impact beyond the classroom to reach even more students and their families. When visitors enter The Curiosity Cube, they are scientists for the day, participating in hands-on science experiments and learning about new technologies. Current exhibits include “Elements in Nature,” in which visitors use scientific lab tools to learn how important water is to the world and dive deeper into the elements that make it up; “Elements in Technology,” in which visitors learn how raw materials are extracted from the earth while using different elements to engineer a model robot that will assist with raw materials extraction; and “Elements of the Human Body,” a virtual tour during which visitors discover where specific elements are found within the body and how elements impact it. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and be curious. Since its inception in 2017, The Curiosity Cube has visited more than 193 communities throughout the United States, including 95,640 students, many of whom are in Title I schools. The 2019 tour schedule is posted online; check the website later in the year for the 2020 schedule.
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.
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.
In 2007 the Adler Planetarium and Oxford University in the UK founded Zooniverse—the world’s largest platform for people-powered research. Zooniverse connects everyday citizens with researchers to help classify galaxies, find new planets, explore the surface of the Moon, and complete dozens of original projects in astronomy, biology, science, and the humanities.