StratoStar STEM Education Blog

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...

pedaling power
Pedaling Power: Helping Students Concentrate

When it comes to helping students stay focused in the classroom, teachers have come up with all kinds of solutions. Everything from recesses to project-based learning, the ideas are creative and inventive. But, what if the real solution comes with two pedals? Educators are giving...

Light pollution is causing an entire generation to miss out on stargazing.
Light Pollution and the Loss of Stargazing

Have you ever stepped out of your house at night expecting to see the sky filled with stars only to be met with an empty sky? Better yet, have you ever traveled in the western US and seen hundreds upon hundreds of stars filling the...

Project base learning helps get students up out of their seats and invested in the learning process.
Project Based Learning: Inspiring Students This Fall

Getting students excited about learning can be difficult, especially during the first few months of school. Students are still thinking about their summer vacation and starting to countdown the days to the next break. The good news is, there are plenty of great ways to...

Project-based learning is a great way to get students involved, even from a student's perspective.
Project-Based Learning: A Student’s Perspective

As educators, we often forget about the perspective of the student. It’s easy to get wrapped up in State Standards, test scores, and lesson planning. But, what happens when we stop and take a look at the real impact of project-based learning on a student?...