EXCLUSIVE: Scottish Energy News arranges STEM lesson today from Outer Space for Scottish Energy Minister

Real astronauts eat microfried red lettuce! NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough harvests fresh red romaine lettuce on the International Space Station as part of the ship’s Veggie investigation. The lettuce was later consumed by crew members as part of their evening meal. Credits: NASA.
Real astronauts eat microfried red lettuce! NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough harvests fresh red romaine lettuce on the International Space Station as part of the ship’s Veggie STEM investigation. The lettuce was later consumed by crew members as part of their evening meal. Credits: NASA.

There are many worthwhile STEM-teaching and learning opportunities available for Scots school pupils (but not as many as there should be and they’re not as joined-up as they should be..).

But they’ll struggle to catch up with a STEM-based learning journey in space with the NASA programme when 50 students from Lovett School in Atlanta will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 2pm Scottish Summer Time today (10 Jan 2017).

So to help Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Energy Minister, we’ve arranged a virtual lesson for him in St. Andrew’s Hoose, Edinburgh, from Space today on science, maths and technology to show how ‘big picture’ STEM learning can be done.

The 20-minute, Earth-to-Space call will air live on NASA television and the agency’s website. This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Office of Education efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station through the agency STEM on Station activity provides authentic, live experiences in space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel, while introducing the possibilities of life in space.

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP,
Paul Wheelhouse, MSP

So for Scottish Energy Minister Wheelhouse (and everyone else), click here for your STEM lesson today at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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