StratoStar STEM Education Blog

What Did You Dissect In School?

Did you dissect something when you were in school? Most of us can recall being asked to dissect a frog or worm when we were students. Some may have even worked on turtles, pigs, cats, or mice. For a long time dissecting real species was...

Ethics in STEM education shouldn't be left to just adults. Students should be involved in the conversation.
Ethics in STEM Education

When elementary school students debate the pros and cons of zoos in America they’re learning about ethics in STEM education and the ethical dilemmas associated with scientific endeavors. They’re learning to think critically and use evidence in support of their arguments. The same is true...

SpaceX
SpaceX Launch Signals Future Wave of Student Career Options

It is hard to overestimate the significance of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch that occured on February 6, 2018 and how it will affect the jobs and industries our students will work in the future. Here’s how Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, explains it: “If...

STEM education and computer science are closely linked.
The Link Between STEM and Computer Science

At StratoStar, we talk about STEM education and STEM programming pretty frequently. We fully believe that by exposing students to science, technology, engineering, and math that we can positively impact their futures and the future of the world. But, one thing we don’t talk about...

Science experiments designed to get students excited about science.
5 Indoor Science Experiments to Try With Your Class

Science experiments are a great way to get students excited about science, but as the weather gets colder it can be a little difficult to conduct experiments. Unless you’re working in a lab, you may be limited on space and resources, which makes indoor experiments...

Discover the answer to how much weight can a high altitude weather balloon carry?
How Much Weight Can A High Altitude Weather Balloon Carry?

Launching a weather balloon is an exciting time for students. As they work in groups to design an experiment and hypothesize about the effects near space will have on that experiment, certain questions are bound to come up. In past blog posts, we’ve tackled questions...

Check out these great reasons to introduce STEM projects in your classroom.
Why Students Should Engage in STEM Projects

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is a hot topic in education circles right now and for good reason! STEM is a movement designed to help prepare students for their future careers. As industries look for innovation in every corner, STEM projects help students gain...

STEM and constructivism go hand in hand.
CONSTRUCTIVISM AND STRATOSTAR STEM PROGRAMS: THE PERFECT MATCH

How do students engage with science learning in the classroom and the outside world? They learn through their own experiences. Constructivism is a theory about how people learn. It says that humans construct meaning about the world around them by experiencing things and then reflecting...

The race to the moon is still on with the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
Update on the Google Lunar XPRIZE

“I think we should go first to the moon and then further on,” says Johann-Dietrich Worner, the Director General of the European Space Agency. The Google Lunar XPRIZE, a space race that we first reported on in March is still very much underway. The competition...

A StratoStar high altitude weather balloon after launch.
Where were you on August 21, 2017?

This summer teachers and students across the United States had the opportunity to witness an eclipse of the Sun. If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality, which stretched from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, then you had the chance...