NASA offers a rich variety of resources and activities for engaging young people in STEM. Below is a list of our favorite hands-on science and engineering activities and challenges.
Description: The NASA BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science, and Technology) Activity Guides have been designed to bring the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences. The activities can be used in afterschool clubs or youth programs; as a set or individually.
Description: This activity combines engineering design with plant growth whereby middle school students learn about and apply the design process to develop a lunar plant growth chamber.
Description: Students construct paper rockets and test fly them. Students evaluate their designs, modify and fly them again to determine if their changes have affected the rocket's performance.
Description: Students follow the engineering design process to modify a cup to carry a marble down a zip line; test their cup by sliding it down the zip line; release the marble; try to hit a target on the floor; and use test results to improve their system.
Description: This activity focuses on the concept of minimizing distance and time. Students use formulas to calculate the distance and the time for a task. Students make a scale drawing of the mission and find distances between the locations using the Pythagorean Theorem.
Description: The challenge is to build a model thrust structure that is as light as possible, yet strong enough to withstand the load of a "launch to orbit" three times.
Description: Students propose filtration device designs, test them, make observations, collect data, and collaborate as they analyze results and attempt to identify the best filter media to use.
Description: This website is devoted to learning about rockets. There's a beginner's guide to rockets, a pictorial history of rockets, an index of rocket topics (including math and science fundamentals), and more. It offers interactive features, including one on "building a rocket."
Description: The unit of 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate/Extend, Evaluate) lessons enhances student understanding of the engineering design process and its applications. Students will learn:
Copyright © Museum of Science, Inc.
Site Design by Wood Street, Inc.