Even in an online meeting room, the energy of 15 middle school girls was contagious. The National Institute of Aerospace's Center for Integrative STEM Education (NIA-CISE) led the girls in discussions and hands-on activities during the STEM event hosted by Butterfly Village, Inc.
The "Becoming a Star" presentation given on March 26th, 2022 used various NASA resources to help participants learn about the life cycle of stars and how NASA studies stars, including the videos Launchpad “Life Cycle of a Star” and Spotlite “Stars.” As the girls learned the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) purpose is to study the history of our universe, they were introduced to STEM careers. The girls found they shared similar hobbies and interests with Dr. Begoña Vila, instrument systems engineer for JWST at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. After identifying their "star" qualities, the girls were invited to star in a NASA Spotlite video. NASA Spotlites are short student-produced videos addressing science misconceptions through observations and hands-on investigations. Soon, their videos may appear on the NASA Spotlite Gallery on the NASA eClips YouTube channel. (NASA Science Activation Award No. NNX16AB91A)
Learn more about Science Activation’s NASA eClips Project Team: https://science.nasa.gov/science-activation-team/eclips
Learn more about the NASA eClips Spotlite Design Challenge: https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/resources/sdchallenge