Important Resources

Below is a list of resources for kindergarten through high school students and their parents/guardians.  The sites are resources covering four areas of student enrichment and exploration; Aerojet Rocketdyne supported material, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) resources from some of our partners, virtual fieldtrips and general cross discipline topics to investigate.

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne Activity Book
A kid approved and printer friendly version of Aerojet Rocketdyne's activity book designed for elementary and middle school aged children. The document is a collection of coloring pages and aerospace themed games and activities. Encourage your student to explore and learn about the benefits of space exploration page by page or as a book: https://www.rocket.com/documents/Printable_ActivityBook_Single_Pages.pdf

Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation
The Foundation is proud to partner with many educational organizations to support STEM: https://www.aerojetrocketdyne.com/foundation-partners

Aerojet Rocketdyne's Video and Image Gallery
Check out what we've been up to by looking at our latest images, news features and videos on Rocket.com: https://www.rocket.com/media

Preparing for Artemis I Launch | Aerojet Rocketdyne
Artemis I is the first integrated test of NASA's Orion spacecraft and its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne is excited to be a part of this mission and we want to share the mission with you and your family. NASA's Artemis program will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon to explore the lunar surface like never before. This bold endeavor will begin with the Artemis I launch – an uncrewed flight test. This website offers detailed infographics, videos and news and images: https://www.rocket.com/space/artemis

RS-25 Engine Coloring Page
If you like the smoke and fire of an engine in action checkout this R-25 engine coloring page. Fun for students and adults to print and color. To discover more about the high-performance RS-25 engine check out https://www.rocket.com/space/liquid-engines/rs-25-engine: https://www.rocket.com/documents/RS-25 Coloring Sheet-NASA.pdf

Solar System Exploration Poster
A graphic representation of the universe and the many explorations by NASA with the help of Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion: https://www.rocket.com/documents/LOWRES_solar system_2019.pdf

Weird Word Wednesday, What is? and Fuel for Thought
These short, AR-produced videos introduce kids to words, programs and concepts that AR and the aerospace industry commonly use: https://www.youtube.com/user/AerojetRocketdyne

AR STEM Partners

Astronaut Anne McClain’s Tips for Living in Close Quarters
NASA astronaut Anne McClain spent 204 days living on the International Space Station and shares her tips for living in close quarters with only a few other people. She shares what human behaviors create a healthy culture for living and working remotely in small groups. Read her advice at: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/an-astronaut-s-tips-for-living-in-space-or-anywhere

Challenger Center's STEM at Home
A collection of lessons and activities that can be modified and completed at home: https://www.challenger.org/challenger_lessons/stem-at-home/

Lists the programs across all Department of Defense (DoD) organizations, including videos, labs and opportunities for fellowships and internships: https://dodstem.us/stem-programs/programs

Mars Generation
Get inspired by the next generation on the Mars 24 Under 24 site: https://www.themarsgeneration.org/steam-space-awards/

Missile Defense Agency STEM Outreach
The MDA STEM mission is to implement signature programs that fill STEM Education gaps based on national defense needs and collaborate in STEM-supported events to inspire, cultivate, and enhance STEM engagement across a three-tiered target group - K-12, college, and educators - to prepare the next generation of STEM professionals.

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement
Offers curriculum, videos and a weekly newsletter with the latest NASA resources for educators, students and families. Keep up with the latest NASA STEM happenings with the NASA EXPRESS newsletter: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/express

A searchable collection of K-12 grade level activities that cover STEM activities for kids, adults and the whole family: https://www.nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html

NASA's STEMonstrations
STEM demonstrations from the International Space Station on topics from engineering trusses to nutrition: https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations

Pacific Science Center
PSC created Curiosity at Home with FREE STEM learning resources that include Live Science Shows, DIY STEM activities, experiments and more. They are working to add new content every week across all STEM activities: https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/events-programs/curiosity-at-home/

Science Buddies
Free nonprofit offering opportunities to explore engineering challenges and demonstrations with these fun hands-on STEM activities.  Materials are easy to find; most activities take an hour or less: https://www.sciencebuddies.org/stem-activities

Smithsonian Institution
World’s largest museum, education and research complex with 19 museums and the National Zoo – shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. Explore digital resources, including online events, exhibitions, podcasts, collections, animal webcams and more: https://www.si.edu/learn-explore

A municipal utility company partnered with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) to bring you fun, energy-focused activities for your study-at-home learners. Post new K-12 lessons a few times every week to keep your child engaged. Each will include a short reading activity, a worksheet and additional learning resources: https://www.smud.org/lessons

Space Foundation
Offers downloadable lessons, virtual activities and videos for students like the Mars Habitat Design lesson plan that can be adapted for grades 3-12: https://www.discoverspace.org/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=auxilia-em2

Story Time from Space
Together with NASA and the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, Story Time From Space offers families to watch astronauts on the Space Station read children’s books and perform science demonstrations: https://storytimefromspace.com/library/. Learn more about how NASA helps prepare astronauts for the social isolation they will experience: https://www.nasa.gov/hrp/social-isolation

The WOW! program (Wizards of Wright)
A one-stop resource for encouragement and enhancement of K-12 STEM education throughout the Air Force and the Department of Defense. A free K-12 STEM Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach Program. Each topic includes a direction sheet, as well as an instructional video.

Virtual Tours

Access Mars
JPL and Google team up to offer WebVR and 360-degree mode with real surface images of Mars: https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

College Tours
Look up your favorite college and check out their virtual tour!  Here is Stanford University’s, as an example:https://visit.stanford.edu/tours/virtual/

The Musée du Louvre (Paris)
Virtually visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries: https://www.louvre.fr/en/guidedtours/welcome-louvre-0

Yellowstone National Park
Virtual tours of the park's attractions: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

More to Explore

Smithsonian National Zoo Engineering Game
The Smithsonian National Zoo has created "Tami’s Tower’s: Let's Think About Engineering." This free animated game celebrates the birth of twin Tamarins at the zoo and is appropriate for students ages 4 – 7. The game involves engineering design challenges that help learners think about solutions to STEM problems. Learn more about tamarins through our Tami's Tower: Let's Think About Engineering game, featuring Tami the golden lion tamarin! https://ssec.si.edu/tamis-tower

Bill Nye The Science Guy
Home demonstrations and activities on life science, chemistry and Earth science: https://billnye.com/home-demos

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Arkansas celebrates the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature: https://crystalbridges.org/

Imagineering in a Box!  A FREE, online educational curriculum available through Khan Academy (Firefox and Chrome only). Lessons compile expertise of Disney Imagineers from hundreds of career disciplines around the world to share with learners of all ages.. As part of the 35 educational videos, the curriculum features project-based exercises that apply science, technology, engineering, art and math that allow learners to create themed experiences: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box/orientation/v/intro-welcome-to-imagineering-in-a-box

Fun Brain
 An educational browser game website for children (K-8 focus).  It was on this site that the Diary of a Wimpy Kid was first published before being turned into a successful book series: https://www.funbrain.com/

Khan Academy
Free online lessons and tutorials as well as offering daily (weekdays) 9 a.m. PDT / Noon EDT live streams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for students, parents and teachers navigating COVID-19 related school closures: https://www.khanacademy.org/

National Air and Space Museum
STEM in 30 is an Emmy-nominated program for middle school students produced by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. New episodes are released every month, followed by a Mission Debrief where you and your students can tune in live and ask their experts your questions: https://airandspace.si.edu/connect/stem-30

National Children's Museum
Launched a daily, a digital “STEAMwork” series on the Museum's Facebook. Each day at 2:30 p.m., the National Children’s Museum features different science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) projects, design + build challenges, experiments and story times for children under 12 and their caregivers. You can also search past STEAMworks and find a full list of resources for families and educators: https://nationalchildrensmuseum.org/steamwork/

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
This museum in Oklahoma City explores the exhibits and online resources for projects to explore at home: https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/while-we-are-closed/

National Gallery of Art
During the temporary closure, visit the gallery virtually through video tours of current exhibitions, in-depth looks at highlights of the collection, online learning opportunities, audio and video recordings of lectures by artists and curators, and more: https://www.nga.gov/index.html

National Geographic
Bring NG into your home classroom through lesson plans, maps and reference resources. Including RoboWorks! where students (grades 3-10) can design machines to solve some real-world problems: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/classroom-resources/

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Explore, learn and engage with the National Museum through numerous digital resources with their NMAAHC Digital Guide: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/nmaahc-digital-resources-guide

ThinkTV and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives and lesson plans for K-12 grades: https://thinktv.pbslearningmedia.org/

The educational company has launched a "Learn at Home" website that has daily free courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?caching

Sesame Street
Shares ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh and play together, both online and offline. Updated regularly with content, including new messages featuring your furry friends from Sesame Street: https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

Teach Engineering
Free peer-reviewed searchable lessons, activities by grade and topics aligned to the standards: https://www.teachengineering.org/