Wow, it's finally here! Finn goes further (leaves the planet) and faster (17,000+ mph ) than ever before. He's on a mission to save his little sister Gabi, who's been been kidnapped, Finn suspects, to the International Space Station. Now counting down to our November 1 launch date!
You've probably heard about muscle atrophy in space. The reason you always see astronauts on stationary bikes is to keep themselves fit because being in space will destroy those six-pack abs you trained so hard to achieve.
But did you know you also get taller in space? And growing that quickly ain't easy! Watch the 3-minute video to learn more!
I sometimes wonder if I'm still a geek. I studied comp sci in college but drifted away (some might say, sold out) when I got my MBA. Now that I'm writer/educator diving into arts-integrated literacy, I seem to have wandered even further from my tech roots. Or have I?
Watching this GEEKWEEK clip, I realized with a thrill, I recognize these kooky characters. Late nights spent watching Eureka on Hulu on my MacBook Air? Yeah, that's what I do. Writing a new book for my middle grade series called Finn's Rocket? Uh huh, I'm getting in touch with my sci-fi self. Are you a TED junkie like me? That's technology, education and design, a powerful combo.
For my next release, serena 3.0 will be learning how to teach STEAM. No, not steampunk, although that would be cool, too. STEAM is the next logical step up from the national agenda of STEM--Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and research. Add Art (and Design) to the mix and watch the creativity explode.
Schools like the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design believe that the creativity of artists added to the inventing skills of scientists will solve the most complex challenges facing the world today. To learn more about how RISD supports STEAM education with their STEM to STEAM initative, visit RISD.
Milan T. Fifth-grade student Guest contributer June 2, 2013
is one of the few rockets that can release a helicopter midair at
approximately 550 feet. The Helicat has to be assembled exactly
according to the instructions. Because the rocket comes as a set,
the owner has to build it with zero mistakes.
launched my Helicat on a spring afternoon. As we walked to the park where we
were going to launch the rocket, the clouds got darker and darker by
the second--but that did not stop us. We were taking the equipment in
our bare hands to the launching area. Once my dad, my cousins and I
got there, we met friends right outside the park. I had invited them
the night before. I was very nervous yet, very excited.
Once we were
at the launching area, I positioned the launch pad in the middle of
the park, and carefully placed the rocket. Then, two more friends
came to the launching area on their skateboard. We were about twenty
people. As the scheduled launch time came closer, the tension was
building up. What if it failed? I asked myself. I put the key in
the ignition position, and we all counted from 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4,
3, 2, 1, lift off! I pushed the launch button and nothing happened. I
was so disappointed, but I didn’t give up.
I put in a new engine
with the help of my dad, and we started the count over, from 5, 4, 3,
2, 1, lift off! The next thing we saw was a big trail of smoke coming
out of the launch pad. We looked up and saw the Helicat springing up
toward the sky, like a comet. All of a sudden, the little helicopter
popped out from the nose cone and started a winged spiral. Then,
there was a minor malfunction--the parachute did not activate.
However, the rocket body was not damaged. I felt so happy when
everyone clapped and cheered!
The nose cone helicopter came down and
landed right by me, but the rocket body was still in the sky, being
pulled by the force of gravity toward us. As soon as it landed in the big bushes, every kid there, including me, rushed toward the
crashed rocket. While I was in the bushes searching for the rocket, a
kid yelled “I found it!” and as I turned around, I saw my dad
picking up the winged nose cone. I felt so proud of my great
accomplishment, and so happy that I could share it with my friends
and family, and now with you!
inspired you to launch a rocket? On the last week of school the
fifth graders had a rocket launch and invited my class to see it.
That was when I saw Helicat for the very first time, and I decided
to do a launch myself.
did you pick that specific rocket? For two reasons; first, it has a
tiger on the front of the body of the rocket, and tigers are my
favorite animals. Second, I really liked the nose cone recovery.
you can’t buy a model rocket, is there a way you can make your
own? Actually, you can. You could use antacids and a homemade rocket
made out of paper and cardboard. You can also learn how to make it
using many different websites and books, such as Myth-Busters’
confirmed bust book.
you wanted to see real rockets, where would you go? Luckily, the
Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center is not too far from where I
live, in Florida. There you can see amazing rockets such as the
Saturn that was used in Apollo 13 and even crawl into an Apollo 11
test pod. It is an astonishing place to spend a day.
You saw a lot of
interesting things in the Kennedy Space Center. Is there anything
that NASA has invented that we now use regularly? Yes; Velcro and
freeze dried food were both invented by NASA, as well as the ball
point pen and graphite.