Children hospitalized with chronic or critical illnesses are often unable to attend school and fully participate in their education. Unfortunately, this can result in these students falling behind their peers. Thanks to a $1.2 million grant from NASA, the Orlando Science Center is partnering with education experts and planetary scientists from the University of Central Florida to bridge this learning gap.
Over the five-year course of this project, we will engage children in STEM learning during their hospital stay and motivate them to consider related careers later in life. By using a series of three space-themed activity carts centered around the topics of Mars, Origins of the Solar System, and the Stars and Beyond, we will inspire these students to keep exploring and pursuing STEM-based learning. The activities will be carefully crafted to develop critical mathematics and science skills in children between the ages of 10 and 18 while using current NASA missions as the basis for inquiry.
Help Us Prototype!
We’re excited to announce that the first of these activity carts is ready for prototyping, and we need your help! We are looking for volunteers between the ages of 10 and 18 to participate in evaluating these new exciting activities. Sessions are available seven days a week, morning and afternoon, and last from 1 to 4 hours.
Want to help? Please fill out the interest form and someone from our team will be in touch with you shortly. It is our passion to make interesting, engaging, fun, and immersive activities and content that can help to bridge an important learning gap in the lives of many children.
Thank you for your interest and support!
This program was developed by employees of Orlando Science Center and the University of Central Florida under Grant No. NNX16AM34G with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The United States Government has a royalty-free, nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, and prepare derivative works of this program, and to have or permit others to do so for United States Government purposes. All other rights are retained by the copyright owner. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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