The latest STEMonstration episode invites students to learn about the six different types of simple machines and explore how astronauts aboard the International Space Station use simple and compound machines to complete tasks in microgravity. The Classroom Connection released with this video challenges students to explore their environment in search of simple and compound machines.
For more STEMonstrations and activities, visit the STEM on Station website.
Professional Development Opportunities
for K-12 and Informal Educators
Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for educator professional development webinarsAttendees earn a certificate that can be submitted for
professional development hours.
July 5 at 7 p.m. EDT
For a full list of upcoming webinars, click here.
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: July 8
Workshop Dates: July 20-22
Join Earth to Sky for three days of training with native informal educators from across the South Central Region who recognize the importance of teaching climate change. Participants are encouraged to apply as teams of 3-5 collaborators (e.g. tribal environment and education staff). You will work with these teams to develop plans to implement a youth outreach activity in your tribal community. The workshop will take place in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Travel support is available.
Are You Up for a Challenge?
Audience: U.S. and International Innovators Ages 18 and Up
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30
NASA has launched Phase 2 of the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge to seek innovative ideas for excavating the Moon’s icy regolith, or dirt, and delivering acquired resources in the extreme conditions at the lunar South pole. This technology will help support a sustained human presence on the Moon by the end of the decade.
In Phase 2 of the challenge, teams will be asked to design, build, and test an icy regolith excavation system prototype and an icy regolith transportation system prototype to maximize resource delivery while minimizing energy use and the mass of equipment delivered to the lunar surface. A prize pool of up to $3,000,000 will be awarded to the challenge winners.
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