NASA Offers Online Training Programs and Experiments for Aspiring Astronauts
Almost every child, once confronted with the question of what they'll do in the future, has answered: "I will be an astronaut". That answer evolved into an engineer, a doctor, a pilot, and stemmed into every direction possible. However, if you're one of those who still have their eyes up at the stars, NASA has you covered in these dire times.
NASA and the ISS National Lab want to take you to the Moon and beyond. You might be stuck in lockdown, but that doesn't mean you can't tackle their numerous programs and activities that are meant for children, but who says you have to kill the kid in you, once you grow old?
These training programs include instructions on how you can become a home astronaut, launch rockets, and build a hovercraft that can actually take you away from the harsh reality of our world right now.
Moreover, you can do all of these without ever needing to go out since they require all pretty basic materials.
Whether you're a parent that wants to further their children's STEM training or a teacher who wants to get their student's brains gearing, you can enjoy and explore science subjects ranging from robotics where they can engineer a rocket transporter to maths and physics with them.
Moreover, as future scientists, they can search beyond Neptune for new starts and planets, and help train a computer to think like a scientist for future Mars missions. They also can do hands-on experiences where they can compare their results to those from the International Space Station.
Wouldn't you like to choose the plant astronauts will grow next in space? You can join team Alfalfa, Lentil, or Mungbean to help scientists like you to work out which plant would be best for munching on the ISS.
NASA has teachers covered too with their Leguminaut Challenge. This challenge teachers educators from all branches to design thinking and review processes, which would be a great use of to you if you've taken the role of the teacher during the quarantine days.
Just dive into NASA's learn-at-home activities and experiences, and be ready to become a space station explorer.
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