StratoStar STEM Education Blog

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is kicking off the next space race.
The New Space Race

There’s a new space race and we all need to be paying attention to it. In recent years, we’ve seen private space exploration become a popular topic. With companies like SpaceX trying to successfully explore space as private citizens, it was only a matter of...

The Rosetta space shuttle was launched into space to study a comet.
What Did Scientists Discover By Landing On A Comet?

In 2004, the European Space Agency launched its Rosetta spacecraft into space. The purpose of the mission? Travel through space and orbit a comet to gather as much information as possible. After traveling through space for a decade, Rosetta finally reached its destination, Comet 67P,...

Explore Mars like a NASA scientist!
Explore Mars Like A NASA Scientists

Mars has been a hot topic in recent years. Everything from landing on the red planet to human habitation to alien life has been talked about. The scientists at NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory have been studying the planet since before 2012. One of the most...

Smart boulders help track underwater avalanches.
Smart Boulders: Tracking The Movements of Abyssal Plain

Right now, more than 400,000 cubic feet of sediment could be hurtling along an underground canyon. With speeds reaching over 8 meters per second (which is almost 18 miles per hour), theses underwater avalanches often go unnoticed until the sediment settles or unless the underwater...

Next generation science standards are a three dimensional approach to science education.
Next Generation Science Standards & StratoStar

The next generation science standards are designed to improve science education through a three-dimensional learning process. These science content standards set expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The idea behind the next generation science standards was to help prepare students...

Learning from failure is the best way to improve whatever you're working on.
Learning From Failure: How A Failed Mars Landing Sparked Innovation

Last month, a European probe called Schiaparelli crashed into the surface of Mars. The probe’s descent to the surface of Mars didn’t exactly go how scientists wanted it to. The retrorockets, which are designed to slow the descent, only fired for a few seconds rather...

Seadrones are making a huge splash in ocean technology.
Seadrones: Drones Are Taking To The Sea

Just as we’ve gotten used to drones flying overhead and the idea of autonomous, self-driving cars, another new and revolutionary technology is making a splash. Water drones, known as seadrones are already in the works and may soon be patrolling oceans and other bodies of...