I’ve been hearing about a number of interesting science/tech education projects recently, all approaching the topic in innovative and very hands-on ways. Just recently I met someone working for a new startup called Ardusat, which provides students with the opportunity to program and operate Arduino microcontrollers aboard satellites. These microcontrollers are connected to a variety of sensors, allowing students to design experiments and collect a variety of data. Here we are, barely 50 years after the launch of Sputnik, and space has become a laboratory accessible from the classroom.
On April 17th Rachel and Elizabeth, two young scientists and cyclists, left San Francisco on bicycles and set out for the east coast in what they call Cycle for Science. Along the way they talked with educators and classrooms about what science is and how everyone can participate. I’m a little sad that I only just heard about the trip, now that it is almost over, but it is nevertheless an interesting project, and I’m sure there will be good educational material that comes out of it.