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New Module Available from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: STEM on Station

By SpaceRef Editor
September 15, 2012
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NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand how operating the International Space Station is tied to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons. This module puts students in the driver’s seat as they complete four activities that are close models of concepts that real NASA engineers utilize for the space station.

Grow crystals with the science activity, Create an end effector (much like the space station robotic arm) with the robotics activity. The engineering activity challenges students to illustrate the relationship between the thickness of spacesuit fabric and the mass and velocity of projectiles. In the mathematics activity, students must rely on their algebra and geometry know-how to calculate the electrical energy production of the space station.

During your event, the Digital Learning Network will provide additional information regarding the marvel of the space station. Completion of activities is encouraged but not required. If your students have completed the activities, they will be given time to share their results with the DLN host.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to

SpaceRef staff editor.