Science Activation

What is SMD’s Science Activation program? NASA Science has a new team to help learners of all ages “do” science! Twenty-three competitively-selected teams from across the Nation connect NASA science experts, real content, and experiences with community leaders to do science in ways that activate minds and promote understanding. To learn more, view the interactive Reach Map of Science Activation activities. This ecosystem of teams and NASA Infrastructure projects meets learners’ needs in a variety of venues throughout their lifelong learning journey. Visit the infographic to learn what is available at various points in a learner’s lifetime.


This video is part of the Engineering Everywhere out-of-school time PLANETS engineering unit designed to introduce middle school youth to the concept of remote sensing and how scientists and engineers work together. In the Remote Sensing module, youth view the full 10 minute video prior to building a remote sensing device to explore an unknown moon. This clip shows the first 5 minutes. The remainder of the video describes the Engineering Design Process and how engineers and scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory use the EDP to design new technology in order to learn more about planetary science.