Have any questions? Members from the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative will be hosting an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on the Full STEAM Ahead Forums this Thursday, April 9th, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time (GMT -4h) 👩🚀.
Hello, Space Cadets! Welcome to your orientation for week three of Full STEAM Ahead! This time, it’s all about outer space 💫 🚀
In this Package, you’ll get the chance to explore some of the ongoing research by MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative (SEI), and collaborative lunar exploration efforts between the SEI and MIT AeroAstro (the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics)! We’re a collection of scientists, engineers, artists, and designers, who are interested in prototyping the future of space exploration. ⚙️
This package will explore three research efforts currently underway at the SEI: The first focuses on cube satellites 🛰(or cubesats), small vessels used to help us better understand our own planet as well as outer-space! You’ll also have a chance to learn about the future of life in space and on other planets, and specifically the future of meals and dining in those new frontiers 👩🍳. Finally, you’ll learn about what life could be like on the moon, and how we could eventually live sustainably on the lunar surface. 👽👾
In learning about these topics, you’ll participate in a variety of missions to explore space hands-on through creation! You’ll envision futures, create new inventions, and even engineer model spacecrafts! Please feel free to share your mission results on the Full STEAM Ahead forums associated with this package. 👩💻
In addition to the activities featured in this package, we’ve also created a blueprint for exploring other projects and research in the field of space exploration, which includes key terms for this module.
As part of this Package, you’ll also have a chance to engage with us! SEI team members will be hosting an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on the Full STEAM Ahead Forums on Thursday, April 9th, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time (GMT -4h) 👩🚀. Please contribute any questions you might have for our team about their experiences, research, or any crazy questions about space you might have! We’ll be “live” online to answer these questions and share stories about our experiences prototyping the future of space technology and experiences.
Make sure you scroll to the bottom for additional modules.
Interviewer: Avery Normandin, Democratizing Science Project Coordinator, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative // Expert: Paula do Vale Pereira, Graduate Research Assistant, STAR Lab
|Rapid prototyping small satellites (K – 2)|
What is a CubeSat? In this activity, you’ll explore how small satellites give us insight about the mysteries of both deep space and our own changing planet!
👩🚀 Your mission: Build a mock-1U satellite that contains a payload for a mission that you design!
|Creating space art with model small satellites (K – 2)|
Can you create art in zero gravity? In this activity, you will learn about three different payloads that can be used to create art in space.
👩🚀 Your mission: Create a work of art inspired by space or created with a satellite that you’ve made!
|PhoneSat: Modeling a spacecraft for remote imaging (3 – 5; 6 – 8; 8 – 12)|
Can a smart phone become a satellite? In this activity, you will be creating a small satellite to protect your cell phone in outer-space environments.
👩🚀 Your mission: Your first mission is to deploy a 1U (10 x 10 x 10 cm) small satellite that takes pictures of the plants and trees in your neighborhood.
|Story-telling using open-source satellite imagery (6 – 8; 8 – 12)|
Can satellite data tell a story? In this activity, you’ll use satellite imagery to tell a story and share your story maps.
👩🚀 Your mission: Create a series, collage, or gif of satellite images to illustrate climate change in some part of the world.
Don’t forget about this week’s blueprint for exploring other projects and research in the field of space exploration, which includes key terms for this module!
“Learn one, do one, teach one” – share what you just learned with a member of your family and on the Forums! (All)
Rapid prototyping small satellites
PhoneSat: your phone in space!
Story-telling with satellite imaging
Exploring Data: Satellites Orbiting Earth.csv