PINEDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL - NASA MISSIONMakers WORkshop

In May 2016, Eurekus founders Tyler and Monica had a blast in beautiful Wyoming for a week-long residency at Pinedale Middle School. This school-wide, NASA program augmented the school's dedicated STEM classes with teacher Clare Haynie. All 6th-8th grade students explored space science and engineering with NASA's STEAM and Maker programs, MISSIONMakers. Supported by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council.


ART & THE COSMIC CONNECTION
6th graders explored our solar system through art with our popular NASA program, Art & The Cosmic Connection. Students learned to "read" the geologic stories of our celestial neighbors using the Elements of Art. Lines, Shapes, Color, Value and Texture became "clues" for deciphering geologic processes present on planets, moons and small bodies. Students analyzed NASA remote sensing images and honed their observational skills through exciting art-making.


OSIRIS-REx MOTORIZED MOBILES
7th graders worked in teams of 3 to create kinetic sculpture inspired by NASA's new mission, OSIRIS-REx. Students explored the science, design and engineering behind this exciting sample return mission traveling to asteroid Bennu in 2016. They built kinetic scale models of the space craft using simple and complex machine principles and crafted their own asteroid. They had a ball learning to solder while adding tape circuits and propellers to motorize their mission mobiles. 


INSIGHT TECH LANDER
8th graders worked in teams to create a more advanced engineering project inspired by NASA's new Mars lander, InSight. Teams created a model based on NASA's modular bus system and added a tape circuit, battery pack and Sparkfun micro controller. They engineered complex mechanical systems including actuator legs,rotating camera systems, robotic arms and solar panels. They then enhanced their designs with electronics and LED lights.