NASA STEM Resources for Camps

May 18, 2018
Christine Shupla and Liz Burck

The NASA Wavelength site has a list of activities specifically selected for camps!

Camp is the perfect environment to investigate the science of nature — to make extended observations, thoroughly analyze components, patiently look for patterns, and deeply question the causes and the effects. The resources can assist you in working with your campers to examine soil, sunlight, birds, clouds, lakes, seeds, sound, stars, and planets. Celebrate the science side of camp by making and eating s'mores made in a solar oven! These resources can also support the NGSS disciplinary core ideas of ESS1, ESS2, ESS3, PS2, PS4, LS1, and LS2.

NASA Wavelength features hundreds of resources organized by topic and audience that span the extent of NASA science. Locate educational resources through information on educational standards, subjects, and keywords, and other relevant details, such as learning time required to carry out a lesson or an activity, cost of materials, and more.

These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. The site offers an innovative way to keep up with the latest developments in Earth and space science education. Users can receive email updates on new content, create their own lists of activities, and share the latest information through social media and email.

Photo courtesy of Ben Sandoval, YMCA, Espanola, New Mexico

Christine Shupla leads the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s professional and materials development for a variety of audiences, and serves as NASA’s liaison to the American Camp Association. 

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