- Free STEM learning units for students & families
- Designed for 5th-8th graders
- Made possible by the Northrop Grumman Foundation
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center has partnered with the Northrop Grumman Foundation to launch eight STEM and career online learning modules for teachers and families to use at no cost. The modules provide lesson concepts, activities and interviews with STEM professionals and will be available for teachers and students in the classroom and for families and homeschoolers to use at home.
Built around concepts like rockets, satellites, radar and cyber, these STEM units are designed to be easily incorporated into classrooms or used by families. Designed with 5th-8th Graders in mind, each module blends science, math and engineering concepts, and strategically includes 21st Century learning skills, such as clear communication and critical thinking.
Online STEM Learning Designed by Teachers
The goal is to help increase math and science proficiency by providing professional development to middle school educators. Teachers attending Space Academy for Educators on scholarships from the Northrop Grumman Foundation have worked with the curriculum modules and offered vital feedback as the Rocket Center prepared to offer the modules online. By 2030, the teachers receiving Space Academy scholarships will have reached 350,000 students with these critical lessons.
“Teachers can roll out the content in the way that best suits their classrooms. If they want to flip the classroom, they can assign activities for home and use class time for analysis and reflection,” said Dr. Taylor. “If teachers want to use the modules as part of an exploratory activity over the course of a semester, the modules lend themselves to that, too.”
“As there is no cost to use them, the modules are accessible to families or motivated students who want to seek out additional educational challenges on their own,” Taylor said. “There is a toolkit with short tutorials that apply across the modules. And the STEM career interviews included in the modules show how these concepts are applied in the real world.”
The eight modules include rockets, drones, cyber security, satellites, telescopes, radar, aerospace engineering and advanced manufacturing and are accessible through the Rocket Center’s website. Homeschooling families interested in STEM enrichment resources will also love them!
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