Did you see the launch of Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket yesterday?

If you are trying to get children to be excited about STEM and STEM careers, watch the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket. Actual footage starts at the 8 minute mark. When the side boosters return to Earth at the 37:30 mark, is a beautiful and exciting moment.

The excitement and enthusiasm shown by the entire staff at Space X, is palpable. The SpaceX staff explain what is happening in plain English, without technical jargon.

What is Space X?

In a nutshell, SpaceX manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. According to its website “The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” It should be noted, that in 2002, when the company started, no one there had ever built a rocket. By 2010, they were the only private company to ever return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. Since then SpaceX has been using it’s Dragon spacecraft to make deliveries to the International Space Station.

What is the Falcon Heavy?

The Falcon Heavy, is the world’s most powerful rocket (by a factor of 2!). This is not a one and done rocket, if all goes well, they will be ready to use the rocket to put satellites on the next mission in a few months, according to CEO Elon Musk (Space.com).

What was on board Falcon Heavy?

Falcon Heavy needed to release a real payload in order to fully test the rocket. This payload is special and a lot of fun. They launched Musk’s Tesla Roadster, complete with a passenger, a spacesuit wearing mannequin known as Starman.

on Heavy needed to release a real payload in order to fully test the rocket. This payload is special and a lot of fun. They launched Musk’s Tesla Roadster
complete with a passenger, a spacesuit wearing mannequin known as Starman. Starman will coast through the radiation heavy Van Allen Belts, before restarting the engine to travel toward Mars. This will eventually carry the car and Starman into an orbit around the sun, about 248 million miles from Earth. (space.com). This, according to Musks’ Instagram post, will consist of the roadster, while playing Space Oddity by David Bowie, on a billion year elliptic orbit. No work yet on if Starman’s real name is Major Tom.

Also included in this payload is an arch. “An Arch is a “5D, laser optical quartz storage device” that is meant to be able to survive even in the harsh conditions of space, built by the Arch Mission Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to preserve libraries of human knowledge for interstellar travel (and to protect information in the event of calamity to Earth itself). Embedded on this disc, is Issac Asimov’s Foundation series. This series of books inspired the Arch Foundations to create the discs.  If you want to check out some footage from Starman’s point of view yesterday, check out this video.If you look carefully you will see a mini version of the roadster on the dash of the car.

 

What will you LEARN in 2018?

New Year’s Resolution – Learn To Code.

We are one month into 2018, and if you’re like most, you’ve spent some time making and breaking resolutions. Of course, there are the tried and true resolutions, like shaving off a few pounds or saving up the cash to travel abroad. We are here to propose another goal that’s easy to stick to and can pay off huge dividends down the road: Learning how to code and teaching your kids how to code. Here are three reasons why learning how to code is a solid resolution for 2018.

With programming knowledge, students not only know how to use technology but also CREATE technology.

Most of us don’t know how our smartphones, laptops, social media networks, and video games work. Basic programming knowledge can open our eyes to the infinite possibilities of coding.

Programming uses LOGIC & CREATIVITY making it fun and satisfying.

While programming is logic-based, it’s also an extremely creative activity. If you know how to code, you can develop apps, video games, websites, and more! For many developers, part of the appeal of coding is the challenge and reward of seeing their code come to life after a good debugging session. With the right instruction, getting started with programming can be easy and fun.

Coding improves persistence.

Learning to code, like any new discipline, is a challenge. Thus, tackling complex problems—and making mistakes along the way—can be very frustrating. Coding teaches the valuable skill of persistence during debugging (a job in itself!). Learning how to problem solve and look for solutions working together in teams builds collaboration skills.

Discover the fundamentals of programming and learn to build cool mobile apps, stylish websites, software animation, program robots, create digital movies and songs, and more with Techstars this coming Summer.



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