Space

The dynamic and diverse STEM workforce provides students with countless real-world examples of people who look like them solving problems and building success. Spotlight unique space innovation leaders in STEM and empower the next generation of changemakers.

Celebrating STEM in Space

In Celebration of National Space Day, the Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition (SCC) has released a curated collection to spotlight space innovation professionals in STEM. Follow along as the SCC demonstrates how you can introduce your students to STEM with over 200 resources designed to uncover students' STEM skills to activate future solution seekers. Our exciting content includes resources ranging from hands-on student activations and lessons to the extensive database of career profiles and family activities.

Out of this World Careers

Introduce students to exciting space-related careers with these curated profiles. Students can go on the job with real professionals working in a wide variety of industries.

AES

Solar Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:47 min

Solar Engineers oversee the scientific process involved in harnessing the sun's energy to power homes, businesses, and industry. They combine a variety of STEM skills with leadership and problem-solving to supervise the design, installation, and monitoring of solar energy systems. 

IF/THEN Initiative

Payload Logistics

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:30 min

A payload logistics lead is a professional with an advanced understanding of the engineering and mechanics needed to identify mission challenges and drive innovative solutions for spacecraft vehicles’ structural payload design, development, integration, testing and in-orbit operations. They are good at identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Boeing

Mechanical Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:11

Mechanical Engineers help solve difficult abstract problems with practical real-world solutions that will run safely, efficiently, and reliably. Touching on countless aspects of our daily lives, from the movement of machines to the human body itself, this is one of the most diverse fields of engineering.

Explore Space at Home

Take advantage of downtime at home with space-related activities for the whole family. Find fun ways to engage students in project-based learning and self-guided investigation.

Cosmic Commute

Exploration and Discovery

Cosmic Commute

How long would it take to drive to the moon from your hometown?  
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Think like an astronaut as you plan an interstellar voyage from your hometown to the moon, focusing on the crucial question of travel time. 

On the Bright Side

Energy

On the Bright Side

How much money will your street spend on electricity in one year?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Investigate the energy requirements necessary to support your community and evaluate how you could be using energy more efficiently. 

Geodesic-Inspired Dome Design Challenge

Communities

Geodesic-Inspired Dome Design Challenge

Can you make a clubhouse with triangles and squares?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
60–120 minutes

Practice essential design and management skills as a family by crafting a neat dome structure in your home built out of recycled paper products.

Featured Employee Hands-On Activities

Bring real-world career paths and activities to life in the classroom with space-related activities that can be used to facilitate a STEM Careers Coalition Volunteer Visit.

Aerospace Activity

Aerospace

Voyage to the Moon

Elementary Shool | Grades: K–5
Flexible Time

“Citizen Astronauts” may become a reality sooner than students realize! Use a virtual 3D model and other resources to explore the possibility of regular people traveling to the Moon, while showing students how many exciting careers are involved in human space exploration.

Aerospace Activity

Aerospace

A Future on Mars

Middle and High School | Grades: 6–12
Flexible Time

Give students an out-of-this-world glimpse of the many ways STEM influences space exploration! An engaging outdoor activity enables students to explore fundamental facts about the Red Planet by imagining the differences between life on Earth and Mars.

STEM Activity

STEM

STEM Activity

What does STEM mean to you?
Elementary, Middle and High School | Grades: K–12
Flexible Time

Your experience with STEM can inspire the next workforce. Share what your interests were at their age, and how that translated into the career you have today. Students are going to be very interested and curious with having a special guest like you to learn from while they get hands-on with a great STEM lesson!