The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, has developed five 6-8th grade and two 3rd – 5th grade unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Design Challenges . Each STEM challenge is based upon real mission data and experiences that occur during human and robotic exploration of the solar system.
These content opportunities connect students in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) with NASA scientists and engineers to discuss proposed challenge solutions. Each challenge includes an STEM facilitation guide, introductory videos, and resources to help educators conduct the opportunity and engage students.
Participating sites create and submit brief videos showcasing their responses to the challenge. U.S. Department of Education leaders and NASA scientists and engineers then select student videos to highlight in a culminating live Web event or to be showcased during state-based culminating experiences.
This interagency initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Develop protective footwear for the ISS astronauts to wear as they live and work in microgravity.
Develop a plant growth system to help sustain astronauts on a lunar surface.
Develop a drag device to slow a spacecraft for entry, descent, and landing.