New toolkit of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities based on NASA's continuing pursuit of human exploration of the Moon and Mars and a mobile app that launches users further into the solar system. Physical and digital resources will be shared to leverage local partnerships to engage diverse audiences and support at home STEM learning beyond museum walls.
Downloadable Kit Resources
Companion Apps with Hands-on Activities
DIY Sun Science App
DIY Solar System App
Physical kits will be distributed to 350 eligible institutions. Digital materials will also be freely available.
How to Apply for a Physical Kit
- Applications were due May 15, 2023; we are no longer accepting applications.
The overview includes application instructions, eligibility requirements, and project expectations.
Please read the overview and preview the application before applying:
- Online submission:
Applications must be submitted online using Alchemer (SurveyGizmo):
- Preview the application (just for reference; application must be filled out online):
- 2021 - 2023: Activity development, prototyping, and testing
- 2022: DIY Sun Science App launches
- 2023: March - physical kit application opens
- 2023: May 15 - physical kit application deadline
- 2023: July - kit award notifications
- 2023: Late Summer - physical kits distributed
- 2023: Late Summer - Voyage though the Solar System Kit available online
2023: November 1 - partners who received a kit are required to submit an online report describing current or planned use of the resources (a report template will be provided)
- 2023: DIY Solar System App launches
- 2024: Implementation continues
The project is led by the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY
Project team members and advisors include:
- Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco, CA
- Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
- Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
- Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
- Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California Berkeley, CA
- SPIF, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Emily Maletz Graphic Design, Portland, OR
- Swift Creek Media, Raleigh, NC
- Yellow Cow Consulting, San Francisco, CA
- NASA STEM Engagement
- NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
- NASA Science Mission Directorate
- NASA Museum & Informal Education Alliance
This material is based upon work supported by NASA under award number 80NSSC21M0082. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).