When children are hospitalized, they are unable to engage in active study or attend classes. Orlando Science Center is working to solve this problem by developing a series of mobile exhibits that will shorten children’s learning gap during their hospital stay while motivating them to pursue STEM learning and careers.

Partnering with planetary science experts and education researchers from the University of Central Florida, the Science Center will design and develop stimulating activities on mobile exhibit carts that will bring hands-on STEM activities to children with critical illnesses in Central Florida, ages 10-18.

We’re excited to announce that the first exhibit, “Mission: Mars,” will soon begin rolling out to hospitals! This comes after several months of carefully crafting our activities to highlight NASA missions while also helping children develop math and science skills.

 

Help Us Prototype

Now that our activities have been created, the next phase of the project is prototyping them with actual students. That’s where you come in! Before we take STEM Satellites to the hospitals, we want to make sure the activities are as fun and engaging as we think they’ll be.

If your child is between the ages of 10 and 18 and would like to help us test out these materials, please fill out the interest form. Sessions last between 1 and 4 hours and are available morning and afternoon, seven days a week. Someone from our team will be in touch with you shortly.

 

 

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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