Engineering MISSION: Engineering for Middle School Science, Inspiration and Opportunity
Museum of Science, Boston
NASA Content Area:
June 28, 2012 to November 30, 2014
Engineering MISSION: Engineering for Middle School Science, Inspiration and Opportunity is a project that introduces the engineering design process and the field of engineering to upper elementary and middle school students. Led by the Museum of Science, Boston in partnership with the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium and the Goddard Space Flight Center (MD), and in conjunction with the California Afterschool Network and Audience Viewpoints (VA), this collaboration introduces engineering through the lens of our quest for knowledge about the Earth, solar system, and universe as embodied in NASA missions of exploration and discovery.
The project’s goals are to increase awareness of the field of engineering, the engineering design process, and the work of engineers; to inspire the next generation of engineers through the exciting challenges of exploring the universe; and to offer professional development opportunities for informal and formal educators in support of this effort. Our evaluation informed decisions regarding the design, development, and effectiveness of this project’s efforts. Through this undertaking, the Museum of Science, in collaboration with its partners, significantly enhanced and promoted public awareness of professional opportunities in the STEM fields.
There were four resources created through this partnership: From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA, an engineering-themed planetarium show featuring NASA’s missions to explore Earth and space; a collection of short-duration, space-engineering-themed visual assets for use in museums and schools; aeronautical and aerospace-themed out-of-school time activities from the Museum’s Engineering Adventures program; and two workshops for informal and formal educators. The planetarium show, visual assets, and out-of-school-time activities are all currently available for distribution.