STEM Explorers

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The Aerospace Corporation STEM Explorers Program

Larry DeLucas, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist
The Aerospace Corporation

The STEM Explorers program, sponsored by Aerospace, is a free video series consisting of 35-minute lectures from several top scientists at Aerospace and universities around the country. The program runs for 9 weeks and can be scaled up through lessons and topic discussions. Video lessons can be utilized by teachers, program leads, or even students on their own. Lectures will be available weekly online on the Aerospace website. 

 

The topics will cover a range of science and engineering disciplines. Each lecturer will begin by providing a 10-minute summary of their career (including how they became interested in science/engineering, their education, and some of the barriers they might have had to overcome along the way). The next 25 minutes of the lecture will consist of a presentation about the research that the scientist is involved in. Below is a list of the lectures that will be provided in the first year of this program.

 

To use this program as a classroom resource a teacher or program lead must share the videos and collect student summaries.  Students should write a one- or two-page summary of what they learned from the lecture as well as ask any pertinent questions regarding the scientist’s career and/or the presentation of their lecture material.* This summary will be submitted to the teacher lead, who can then grade as they see fit. Program expectations, grading, and summary deadlines are to be set by the program lead.

 

Students do not need to be a part of a classroom or club to begin the STEM Explorers program. All materials are free and can be accessed here

 

*Questions should be summarized and sent to the lecturer by the teachers and/or program leads.

Table 1: Sample Lecture Topics

Middle School Lectures

  • Astronaut Training and Space Exploration, Larry DeLucas, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Terraforming Mars, Larry DeLucas, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Science Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, and the Value of Art Integration, Jancy McPhee, Johnson Space Center
  • Designing a Space Coffee Cup , Dr. Mark Weislogel, Portland State University
  • Evolution and Future of Drones , Sylvia Kohn-Rich, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence , Dr. Karim Malek, University of Iowa
  • Development of Advanced Driving Simulators , Dr. Daniel McGehee, University of Iowa
  • Partly Cloudy with Slight Chance of X-Rays: Space Weather Explained, Greg Howes, University of Iowa
  • Exploring the South Pole , Dr. James McClintock, University of Alabama at Birmingham

High School Lectures

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction , Dr. Virginia Wotring, The Aerospace Corporation
  • A Quest to Solve Vaccine and Drug Delivery Challenges , Dr. Harvinder Gill, Texas Tech University
  • Linking Science and Math to Technology Through Engineering , Dr. Michelle Pantoya, Texas Tech University
  • Analyzing Robot Sensor Input from Human Interpretation , Dr. Tanja Karp, Texas Tech University
  • Surface Tension in a Low-Gravity Environment , Dr. Larry DeLucas, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Is There a Space Solution to Drug Toxicity, Timothy Hammond, Duke University
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence , Dr. Karim Malek, University of Iowa
  • Development of Advanced Driving Simulators , Dr. Daniel McGehee, University of Iowa
  • Partly Cloudy with Slight Chance of X-Rays: Space Weather Explained, Greg Howes, University of Iowa
  • Exploring the South Pole , Dr. James McClintock, University of Alabama at Birmingham