Online STEM Resources
March 23, 2020
The internet has many resources available for us to explore. Here are just a few that our space grant friends from across the country have recommended. We hope that this list is helpful in the days ahead. We will continue updating links as more resources are recommended.
- SciJinks (NOAA/NASA educational website)
- Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation - Aviation Education Resources
- Simpson Street Free Press Student newspaper with STEM-related content
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- National Science Teachers Association
- Ambitious Science Teaching (National Science Foundation)
- Next Generation Science Standards (For States, By States)
- The Beacon (ISS educational website)
- Girl Scouts Space Sciences Badge Resources
- National Space Grant Foundation
- https://www.nasa.gov/stem Fun learning tools for all ages
- Resources for Educators through the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium:
- NASA Wavelength - a collection of resources that incorporate NASA content and have been subject to peer review. You can search this collection using keywords and/or the drop-down menus to pinpoint resources to use with your audience of learners. … Search by topic, by grade, by age … activities are appropriate for ages K- 20+
- For younger audiences: Spaceplace.nasa.gov and NASA Express blog
- https://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/SpaceMathE.html NASA’s Space Math webpage – you can search by topic, grade level, themes
- Universe of Learning and ViewSpace developed from an informal education perspective and are excellent home school resources
- “From Scratch to NASA” is a block-based visual programming language and online community targeted primarily at children. Users of the site can create online projects using a block-like interface. The service is developed by the MIT Media Lab, has been translated into 70+ languages, and is used in most parts of the world. This project created a series of online tutorials and games to help future STEM leaders learn how to code.
Everybody that works on NASA projects is a problem solver. Learning to code is not just about learning a computer language, it’s about being able to see a problem and develop a solution. Sometimes, this requires visualizing the whole process from beginning to end. Learning to visualize a path to a solution is a skill that can be a wonderful asset in science and in life. Developing programming skills can help you do more than just obtain a programming job, it can also be a tool for growing how the brain problem solves. Scratch is a basic programming language, and a good tool for a child to advance their problem-solving skills. So … from Scratch to NASA? It’s possible! But, from Scratch to college or a successful career? You bet! Scratch is a gateway and starting point to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving.
The goal of the NASA Space Grant Game is to use a satellite to catch planets, stars, and comets as they travel across the screen. Each one that touches the satellite helps the user to score points. Both the videos and code on this website are completely free. This is a resource for anybody who wants to try and build the game. It was built for students in middle school and above in mind. The URL is fromscratchtonasa.com.