Mission to STEM: Activating NASA Artifacts and Next Generation Science Standards with Digital Missions for Students and Families

October 15th, 2014 - October 14th, 2017 | PROJECT

Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC), home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, is dedicated to sharing NASA content to inform, engage, and inspire students, educators, and the public. To further this goal, GLSC will develop a digital experience focused on collaboration and teamwork, emphasizing the benefits of a systems approach to STEM challenges. At the recently, fully renovated NASA Glenn Visitor Center, GLSC visitors will embark on an exciting mission of discovery, working in teams to collect real data from NASA objects and experiences. Mobile devices will become scientific tools as students, teachers, and families take measurements, access interviews with NASA scientists, analyze results from Glenn Research Center (GRC) test facilities, and link to NASA resources to assemble mission-critical information. This initiative will provide experiences that demonstrate how knowledge and practice can be intertwined, a concept at the core of the Next Generation Science Standards. GLSC’s digital missions will engage students and families in STEM topics through the excitement of space exploration. In addition, this project has the potential to inform the design of future networked visitor experiences in science centers, museums and other visitor attractions.

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Team Members

Kirsten Ellenbogen, Principal Investigator, Great Lakes Science Center


Funding Source: NASA
Funding Program: CP4SMP
Award Number: NNX14AQ65A
Funding Amount: $799,478


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Games | Simulations | Interactives | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media