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.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, IBM is working with policymakers and education leaders to increase the number of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools(P-TECH)in the United States. Currently, IBM hosts 220 P-TECH partners worldwide, and the company plans to expand the program to 150 schools in the US—half of the company’s total commitment of 300 by 2023.
Calcflow, powered by Matryx on STEAM, lets students explore mathematical theorems and scenarios in an interactive virtual reality environment. Essentially it allows them to visualize mathematical concepts in a completely new way.
Teachers can bring real-world industry to their class this fall with the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge. By participating in this free three-hour virtual challenge, students experience the power of coding while uncovering how Amazon uses computer science and robotics daily to deliver customer orders.