Videos, Virtual Tours, and More Bringing the Universe into Students’ Homes
When students can barely leave the house, outer space seems very far away, but NASA at Home offers resources for students in elementary, middle, and high school: ebooks, virtual tours, podcasts, videos, and much more, all with an eye toward linking the agency’s work to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Younger children can learn to launch a balloon-powered “rocket,” and older ones can use the webappNASA Home and City to see how science changes their world. The Artemis mission to the Moon, scheduled for 2024, has its own landing page, filled with graphics and details. NASA astronauts interact with children too. Recently, while aboard the International Space Station, astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Jessica Meir took part in a virtual call with students in their home state, Maine. The Q&A is available on NASA TV.
The science-oriented National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, has started STEAM Daydream, a monthly podcast in which curious children interview STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) innovators from across the country for answers to their burning questions.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame has transformed its summer STEM camp, Camp Invention, into a new at-home program called Camp Invention Connect. The program balances active, independent hands-on exploration with opportunities for socialization from home.