The Smithsonian Institution has made available a high-resolution 3D scan of the command module Columbia, the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft, including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is also making the data files of the model available for free download so the module can be 3D printed or viewed with virtual reality goggles. Students can click the globe icon within the 3D viewer to go on a guided tour.
Plus: The Smithsonian will celebrate and honor the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements of human history with the traveling exhibition Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. Featuring the Apollo command module Columbia—the only portion of the historic spacecraft to return from the mission—the exhibition will explore the birth of the American space program and the space race, as the exhibit travels to select cities across the United States.
SageModeler is an intuitive modeling tool being developed at TheConcord Consortium and the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University for middle school and high school students to build their own models and validate their model design using real-world data.
TechGirlz is a program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of CompTIA, which inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. To achieve its mission, TechGirlz has created engaging, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students.
You do not have to go far from home to travel somewhere amazing. Every state hosts natural and technological marvels that you may never have seen. Popular Science magazine suggests 50 science-y destinations that are well worth a visit—each is within a drivable distance from the state’s largest population center.