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.
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.