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A Real Masterclass in Space Exploration from a Real Astronaut

This is the real deal! Want to learn about space exploration from someone who has been a Commander of the International Space Station or ISS?  Canadian Astronaut, engineer, and former fighter pilot Chris Hadfield has created a 28-module course on the platform Masterclass.com. This video-based course will get into the nitty-gritty of rockets, spacewalking, orbital […]


Engineers Week 2017

How to advance your life with rocket science during Engineers Week

We are in Engineers Week for 2017!  This could be your best week of the entire year to advance yourself or our world with rocket science. How is that?  Because in cities across the world and online platforms of all kinds, engineers and engineering companies are engaging with others to talk about engineering, to give […]


Lockheed Martin Generation Beyond program launches for middle school students

If you are a parent, teacher, friend, colleague, mentor, or relative of anyone in middle school who shows any interest in space travel, tell them about the Generation Beyond program from Lockheed Martin. This article from engadget gives an excellent overview of the STEM program that focuses on aerospace technologies and careers. Here is a […]


smarter every day

A must-watch (and free) rocket science resource to get smarter every day

How did I miss this for so long?!  Another aerospace engineer has been creating amazing videos on YouTube to help people get smarter every day.  Meet Destin from the SmarterEveryDay YouTube channel: This particular video from 2015 talks about the numerous setbacks that Space-X and other launch vehicles had in 2015 to deliver supplies to […]


How to explain rocket science using only the 1,000 most common English words

Everything that can be explained, can be explained simply. Is that really true?!  It’s a nice hypothesis and goal for us all. Randall Munroe, the comic genius behind xkcd comics (and a former rocket scientist!), has explained the Saturn V rocket in an illustration that uses only the most 1,000 common words in the English […]

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Finding a reason for a STEM banquet

This past week I went to a local elementary school for their Career Day.  The fifth graders had a few professionals from the area come in and spend 20 minutes with each class to talk about their careers and answer questions with the kids.  I talked about aerospace engineering and rocket science.  I showed a […]

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NASA summer of innovation

Afterschool STEM programs boost results including NASAs Summer of Innovation program

Thanks to a very powerful (and automatic) Google Alert that I set up, I found out about more powerful after school STEM programs from Ellen Lettvin in the US Department of Education: Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs. One program mentioned here that you definitely should check out is the NASA […]


John Travolta and Buzz Aldrin to partner with ShareSpace education initiative

You don’t have to be an astronaut or rocket scientist to make a great contribution in aerospace and STEM education!  Read this article in CollectSpace about a new initiative called ShareSpace which John Travolta and astronaut Buzz Aldrin are partnering on with a launch in 2015.   This is fantastic news for anyone who wants […]

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Trip report: NASA Johnson Space Center (part 2) 1

Continuing with more pictures and accounts of our fun family trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas…the shuttle ride to the Mission Control Center and peek inside would have been worth the admission price alone.  (For Part 1, please click here.) Big tip for other rocket science travelers–you get to see more […]