Engineering

GIRL SCOUTS AND NETFLIX EMPOWER GIRLS TO EXPLORE STEM SUBJECTS

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Netflix are joining forces to empower young girls to envision their futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Centered around Project Mc2, a Netflix original series from MGA Entertainment Inc., the collaboration takes STEM beyond the small screen with hands-on experiences for Girl Scout troops at […]

PEDIATRIC CANCER PATIENTS AIM FOR THE MOON WITH SPACE INSPIRED ART PROJECT

Several of Space City’s best-known institutions — The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and ILC Dover — have announced a partnership that brings the benefits of arts and science to pediatric cancer patients while increasing awareness of childhood cancer. More than 530 patients, families, and staff […]

FUTURE NASA MISSIONS SPARK OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD IDEAS

It takes all sort of innovative concepts — some might even say wild ideas — to get humans to another planet. Thousands of engineers and researchers are in the middle of tackling that challenge now as NASA works to send a crew to Mars in the 2030s. There are all sorts of technical hurdles to […]

ISS CREW 3-D PRINTS FIRST STUDENT DESIGNED TOOL IN SPACE

When NASA fired up the Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station to begin more testing of the emerging 3-D printing technology in orbit, one college student in particular watched intently. In autumn of 2014, a high school senior in Enterprise, Alabama, Robert Hillan entered the Future Engineers Space Tool design competition, which challenged […]

ASTRONAUT AL WORDEN PLANS RETURN TO FARNBOROUGH AS ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION

Al Worden is on a mission. Nearly 45 years since his flight to the Moon, and more than half a century since graduating from the U.K.’s esteemed Empire Test Pilot School, the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot will return to Farnborough this summer, in partnership with Kallman Worldwide, to promote science, technology, engineering and math […]

ZANIAC LAUNCHES MINECRAFT COURSE TO TEACH SPACE EXPLORATION

Playing Minecraft is more than just a game for students at Zaniac, a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment franchise for K-8th graders. This month, Zaniac debuts its newest course, Minecraft Galaxy, combining the video game with space exploration. In Game-Based Learning: Minecraft Galaxy, which launches nationwide this April, students will explore space […]

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPETE IN COOK-OFF FOR ASTRONAUT RECIPE

Ten teams of high school students are competing to have their dishes selected as food for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. They’ll meet in a nationwide Culinary Challenge at 8 a.m. MDT Thursday, April 21, at Space Center Houston. The Culinary Challenge is a component of the NASA HUNCH, or High school students United […]

STUDY FINDS METAL FOAMS CAPABLE OF SHIELDING X-RAYS, GAMMA RAYS, NEUTRON RADIATION

Research from North Carolina State University shows that lightweight composite metal foams are effective at blocking X-rays, gamma rays and neutron radiation, and are capable of absorbing the energy of high impact collisions. The finding means the metal foams hold promise for use in nuclear safety, space exploration and medical technology applications. “This work means […]

ASTRONAUT SPACESUIT TESTING FOR ORION SPACECRAFT

Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston are testing the spacesuit astronauts will wear in the agency’s Orion spacecraft on trips to deep space. On March 17, members of the Johnson team participated in a Vacuum Pressure Integrated Suit Test to verify enhancements to the suit will meet test and design standards […]

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