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๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ STEM Engagement and Outreach: Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists, Engineers and Space Enthusiasts of 21 Century

STEM Engagement and Outreach activities

Welcome to ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ STEM Engagement and Outreach: Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists, Engineers, and Space Enthusiasts. This course is designed for members of the STEM/Rocketry Club, Teachers, Educators, and everyone who wants to inspire and engage young students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Rocketry, and Space. The goal of this course is to provide ideas, tools, and resources to create hands-on, exciting experiences that will spark a lifelong love of STEM.

This course shares some lessons with ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Women in STEM and ๐Ÿš€ Rocketry Course and other related to STEM and Space Exploration

๐Ÿ”ค Text: English + Translation in other languages
๐ŸŽง Audio-Video: English with subtitles in other languages

Throughout the course, you will learn about the importance of STEM literacy for all students, the career opportunities in STEM fields, and the need for diversity and inclusion in STEM. You will also participate in hands-on activities, including creating a STEM and space lesson plan project, learning about real-life examples of women in STEM, and engaging in virtual labs to explore various STEM concepts. Join us on this exciting journey to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and space enthusiasts.

๐ŸŽฏ Course Objectives

  • To educate and inspire students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields
  • To provide hands-on experiences in STEM and rocketry to increase student engagement
  • To raise awareness of the benefits of STEM education and the importance of space exploration
  • To build relationships and partnerships between the university and the local community
  • To promote STEM literacy and diversity in STEM fields

๐Ÿš€ Activities for Rocketry and STEM Team

Members of STEM/Rocketry teams have a unique opportunity to inspire and engage the next generation of space enthusiasts. The passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is contagious, and we can use that energy to spark an interest in these subjects in young students. By creating fun, hands-on experiences with rocketry, we can help students develop an appreciation for STEM that will last a lifetime.

Rocketry is an excellent tool for engaging students in STEM, it provides a hands-on experience that makes abstract concepts tangible and real. For example, students can learn about Newton’s laws of motion by building and launching their own rockets. They can explore aerodynamics by testing different fin designs and determining which configuration produces the best flight stability. By engaging with rocketry, students can see the practical applications of STEM concepts and develop a deeper understanding of these subjects.

 

๐Ÿ”ฌ STEM Engagement

STEM is a critical field that drives innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking. However, despite its significance, not all students have equal access to STEM education and opportunities. This is why STEM outreach and engagement initiatives are so important. These initiatives aim to inspire, educate, and provide hands-on experiences for students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

It is essential to remember that STEM outreach and engagement initiatives are not just about increasing the number of students pursuing STEM careers, but about providing students with the resources and experiences they need to succeed and make a positive impact on society.

๐Ÿ“ข Community Outreach

Community outreach is a crucial aspect of STEM engagement and outreach initiatives, as it allows the university rocketry team to reach a wider audience and inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts. By partnering with local schools, community organizations, and businesses, the team can provide hands-on STEM experiences, host workshops, and events, and offer resources and support to students and teachers.

This can also help to raise awareness of the benefits of STEM education and the importance of space exploration, as well as encourage more students to pursue careers in these fields. Additionally, community outreach can also help to build relationships and strengthen partnerships between the university and the local community, further solidifying the team’s commitment to education and outreach.

๐Ÿ“š STEM Engagement Course Outline

The course will cover a range of topics, including the importance of STEM literacy for all students, career opportunities in STEM fields, the need for diversity and inclusion in STEM, historical background and current statistics of women in STEM, and hands-on activities such as creating a STEM and space lesson plan project and exploring real-life examples and case studies of the challenges and discrimination faced by women in STEM.

Introduction and ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Women in STEM

You will also learn about the importance of STEM engagement and community outreach activities, planning and executing STEM outreach initiatives, and how you can engage and inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts with STEM and rocketry activities for younger students. Additionally, the course will introduce you to NASAโ€™s Next-Gen STEM Project and the online resources available to support your outreach efforts.

๐Ÿ”ฌ STEM Engagement ๐ŸŽ“ Resources for Educators and play โ“ Kahoot! Quizzes

STEM Engagement and Online Resources, focuses on the importance of STEM engagement and community outreach activities. It provides an overview of how to plan and execute STEM outreach initiatives, including the importance of space education and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) outreach program, ESERO. Learners will also be introduced to NASA’s Next-Gen STEM project and the various online resources available for STEM engagement, such as NASA STEM engagement resources and rocketry activities. Additionally, the course covers NASA Space Place, which is a resource for kids interested in NASA science. Tutorials and step-by-step activities with โ“ Kahoot! to engage a group of students in presence or online.

๐Ÿ›ธ Space Exploration ๐Ÿ’ก Ideas and Activities

The “Space Exploration” section of the course focuses on the importance of space exploration and provides hands-on and interactive activities to learn more about the topic. The section covers the impact of space exploration and its significance, as well as exploring different aspects of space through interactive activities, such as exploring the Earth, ISS, and the Solar System using Google Maps, playing the Mars Rover Game, and exploring the Solar System through an interactive tour. The section also highlights the accomplishments of Elon Muskโ€™s SpaceX Falcon Heavy and provides a game activity based on the NASA Deep Space Network. This section provides a fun and engaging way to learn about space exploration and encourages students to delve deeper into the subject.

๐Ÿฆพ Robotics and ๐Ÿ’ป Coding Activities

In this section of the course, students will learn about the exciting world of robotics and coding through hands-on activities and challenges. They will explore the benefits of STEM and robotics and how they can engage and inspire the next generation. The course covers the engineering process of designing robots for fixed conditions and variables and includes hands-on activities such as solving a Rubik’s Cube with a robot hand or a LEGO for AI research and education. Students will also learn about the advantages of using robots in space, including the design of rovers and robots in space using the KSP Kerbal Space Program. Additionally, the course provides an educator guide for NASA’s Robotic Search and Rescue Challenge and UAS, and a step-by-step guide to making a Sphero robot challenge. To end the section, students will have the opportunity to make a Moon or Mars Rover game using Scratch.

๐Ÿš€ Introducing Rocketry and Hands-on STEM Activities

This course section is dedicated to the basics of Rocketry and provides hands-on learning activities and design challenges to showcase the practical applications of STEM education. The course covers various topics such as what a Rocketry Club is, how to join a team, the history of rockets, and the science behind rocketry. It includes tutorials on how to make a straw rocket, a pasta rocket engine, a water rocket, and a foam rocket. The course also highlights the role of rocketry team members in inspiring the next generation of space enthusiasts with STEM and Rocketry activities. Additionally, it provides a glossary of rocketry terms, advice for aspiring rocket scientists, and movie reviews. This course aims to engage and educate students on the exciting world of Rocketry and provide them with a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

๐Ÿš€ Rocketry Team Departmental Outreach

Rocketry Team Departmental Outreach focuses on the outreach activities of each department within the Rocketry Team. The section covers hands-on demonstrations of rocket assembly and propulsion systems by the Mechanical Engineering department. The Mechanical Engineering department also offers group rocket design challenges using provided materials. The Electrical Engineering department provides an introduction to circuit design and wiring of rocket systems, as well as team-based electrical wiring and testing challenges. The Software Engineering department covers rocket simulation and control software, with group coding challenges to program rocket flight simulations. The Aerospace Engineering department covers aerodynamics and rocket flight mechanics, as well as team-based challenges to design and test air-powered rockets. The course concludes with group launch events for student-designed rockets, interactive Q&A sessions with members of the Rocketry Team, and discussion sessions on current advancements in space technology and exploration.

๐Ÿฅฝ Virtual Experiments in Physics and Engineering

The Virtual Labs section provides hands-on, interactive simulations for various physical science and engineering concepts, covering topics such as circuits, electricity, fluid mechanics, light and optics, thermodynamics, and motion. Each lab features different activities to help students understand the underlying principles and explore various phenomena. From the AC Alternating Current Circuit Construction Kit to the Greenhouse Effect, and from Faraday’s Law to Projectile Motion, this section provides a comprehensive and engaging learning experience for students to develop their understanding of physical science and engineering.

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Introduction and ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Women in STEM

๐Ÿ”ฌ STEM Engagement ๐ŸŽ“ Resources for Educators and play โ“ Kahoot! quizzes

๐Ÿ›ธ Space Exploration ๐Ÿ’ก Ideas and Activities

๐Ÿฆพ Robotics and ๐Ÿ’ป Coding Activities

๐Ÿš€ Introducing Rocketry and Hands-on STEM Activities

๐Ÿš€ Rocketry Team Departmental Outreach

๐Ÿฅฝ Virtual Experiments in Physics and Engineering

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