The below links and articles are additional research resources for teachers and students alike.
The gold standard for space information, NASA’s website at https://www.nasa.gov/ is a trustworthy site containing an incredible amount of information, including many education resources. NASA-developed lessons can be found under the NASA Audience tab.
NASA has created specific pages for students and teachers:
Students in grades K-4 can access information designed for them at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/index.html
Students in grades 5-8 can access information tailored for their level at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/index.html
Students in grades 9-12 can best access information at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/9-12/index.html
Educator-specific information can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators
NASA has created a collection of websites containing information about each planet, including Mars, as well as our Moon. These pages contain a definitive Moon Fact Sheet and Mars Fact Sheet.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-class developer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies and companies, both in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit https://www.rocket.com/.
Bigelow Aerospace is a private company owned by Robert Bigelow that has developed inflatable space modules, with the Bigelow BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) currently in space connected to the International Space Station. Bigelow has plans for a space station, a lunar space station as well as a lunar surface habitat. Bigelow Aerospace can be found on the web at https://bigelowaerospace.com/
Blue Origin is a private company owned by Jeff Bezos that is building rockets to carry satellites and paying passengers into space. They are also developing a lunar lander vehicle. The Blue Origin website can be found at https://www.blueorigin.com/
Boeing Corporation has a long history in space exploration and is currently developing the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for the mission of ferrying astronauts from Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station. Boeing has also created a new spacesuit to be worn aboard the Starliner. The Boeing Starliner website is found at https://www.boeing.com/space/starliner/
Lockheed Martin Corporation is a company that has been contracted by NASA to build its next spacecraft, named Orion. While NASA publishes Orion information on the nasa.gov web site, Lockheed Martin also provides additional information at https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/orion.html
Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company. To learn more, visit https://www.northropgrumman.com/
ShareSpace Education is the arm of the Aldrin Family Foundation with a mission to inspire students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). The materials you are now reading are produced by ShareSpace Education. ShareSpace Education can be found on the web at https://sharespace.org/
Sierra Nevada Corporation is a company that is developing a reusable spacecraft that is designed to launch like a rocket and glide to a landing like an airplane. This spacecraft is called the Dream Chaser. Sierra Nevada Corporation can be found on the web at https://www.sncorp.com/
SPACEFLIGHT NOW is a commercial space news website trusted by aerospace professionals. It contains current reports concerning missions, programs and other space news. SPACEFLIGHT NOW is found at https://spaceflightnow.com/
SpaceX is a private company owned by Elon Musk that has created and flown a series of reusable rockets, a new capsule, a spacesuit for use in its Dragon capsule, and plans for a lunar flyby mission. SpaceX streams live video on their website of their launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The SpaceX website is found at https://www.spacex.com/
Virgin Galactic is a private company owned by Sir Richard Branson that plans to sell rides into space aboard its reusable WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo spaceship. Virgin Galactic can be found on the web at https://www.virgingalactic.com/
As an active member and contributor of the STEAM education community, it’s our goal to continually share STEAM-related resources and articles. Be sure to check back often, as we will consistently update these references.
Georgia Tech University has created a study called: Breaking the Glass Ceiling Early On: How to Empower Girls in STEM, discussing how girls can start getting into STEM from a young age, the path to a diverse STEM workforce, and actions you can take now to get more women into STEM careers.
The STEAM Journal offers numerous published papers that cite the importance of STEAM in today’s educational environment. Below are some additional resources:
- Recent STEAM articles in The New York Times
- STEM and STEAM Education: Why We Need Them (Forbes; Aug. 2019)
- 10 Keys to the Future of STEAM Education (EdTech Magazine; June 2019)
- What is STEAM? (STEAM Portal)
- STEAM Blends Science and the Arts in Public Education (The Wall Street Journal)
- From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand in Hand (Scientific American)
- The New Face of STEAM (Edutopia)
- Art in K-12 is Key to Building Strong Economy (Edutopia)
- The Evolution of a Game-Changing Acronym: Why Government Recognition of STEAM is Critical (ARCADE)
- State of Create Study (Adobe)
- Key Research Findings on the Efficacy of Wolf Trap’s Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts (Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts)