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Check out these resources that give helpful background information and activities to do while in your own makerspace—or even just at home. By using STEM skills, like coding or 3D printing, you can explore science here on Earth and beyond.

NASA 3D Resources
Category: 3D Printing
NASA's 3D Resources is a collection of 3D models, textures and images from inside NASA. All of these resources are free to download and use.
3D Printable Pinhole Projectors
Category: 3D Printing
A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on April 8, 2024! While those in the path of totality see a TOTAL solar eclipse, everyone is treated to a PARTIAL eclipse! You can celebrate the eclipse by making your own 2D or 3D Printed Pinhole Projector in the shape of the USA or a US State.
NASA 3D Printing in Space Resources
Category: 3D Printing
Enjoy this growing list of NASA '3D Printing in Space' resources including some of the latest articles, images and models!
Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Category: 3D Printing
Create your own 3D Model of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Satellite, NASA's telescope that detects X-Ray emissions from very hot regions of the universe.
3D Print Your Own Supernova - Cassiopeia A
Category: 3D Printing
Hold a dead star in your hand by 3D printing a combined infrared and visible light visualization of Cassiopeia A, a supernova remnant, as observed by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
3D Print Your Own Supernova - Large Magellanic Cloud
Category: 3D Printing
With this guide to printing Supernova 1987A, users can observe the explosion that allows astronomers to study the phases before, during and after the death of a star.
3D Print Your Own Star System and Nova
Category: 3D Printing
Astronomers were able to observe an explosion from the binary star system V745 Sco in 2014 using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Using these instructions, users can print their own 3D model.
MMS Spacecraft and Atlas V 421 Launch Vehicle Card Models
Category: Paper Fabrication
Card modeling is a creative and very inexpensive form of scale modeling that makes use of paper or card stock rather than plastic or metal. The files will allow users to successfully construct a 1:16 scale card models of the MMS Spacecraft and a 1:96 scale model of the ATLAS V 421 launch vehicle.
HESSI Spacecraft Paper Model
Category: Paper Fabrication
Create a paper model of the HESSI Spacecraft to learn about all the equipment and instruments that are on the satellite. This method can help students learn how each component fits together.
MMS Bookmark and Scale Model Activity
Category: Paper Fabrication
This creative ‘Bookmark/Activity’ combines an MMS bookmark with a scale model and includes URLs and QR codes for quick access to additional information about the mission. It can be used when to learn about the MMS mission while highlighting important connections to STEM.
Science + Origami
Category: Paper Fabrication
Origami-inspired techniques are used to provide solutions to problems in science and engineering. This resource provides ways to use origami to understand the death of a massive star.
MIT Scratch Tour
Category: Coding
Using block coding, people are able to create their own virtual tours and stories using images they have sourced themselves.
Explore Mars with Scratch
Category: Coding
Users create a Mars exploration game using block coding, engaging in computational thinking, using math and including elements of real rover-mission planning to design their game.
Spacecraft AR
Category: Augmented
With this JPL-produced app, users can view interactive 3D models of NASA spacecraft right in front of them, scaled to table-top size or in their true-to-life proportions using native mobile augmented reality. Take pics with the spacecraft and explore detailed info about their fascinating missions.
Spacecraft 3D
Category: Augmented
Get an up-close-and-personal look at a variety of NASA spacecraft designed to study the Earth, Mars and the universe, using this augmented reality application.
JWST VIVE experience on STEAM
Category: Virtual Reality
Explore the universe with a fully immersive WebbVR experience. The James Webb Space Telescope and its infrared-light perception of the cosmos are simulated using NASA data, along with bonus information and interactive learning experiences.
Eclipse Soundscapes
Category: Digital Learning
The Eclipse Soundscapes mobile application is an educational application focused on accessibility via a multisensory experience that includes audio descriptions of an eclipse in real time. It also includes an interactive “rumble map” that allows users to understand the eclipse through touch and sound.
WhyVille
Category: Digital Learning
Whyville is a virtual world where children ages 8 to 15 play, explore, create and learn together. One of the more than 100 resources available through Whyville is the Whyville Aeronautics and Space Administration (WASA), inspired by NASA and developed in conjunction with NASA JPL.
Student HelioViewer
Category: Digital Learning
Helioviewer allows users to observe solar phenomena from the last two decades and near-real time and to create screenshots and movies. Students can access satellite data on solar features and events, including sunspots, flares, and the Sun’s magnetic activity.
Infiniscope
Category: Digital Learning
Created by ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Infiniscope provides a virtual space to connect users with cutting edge space exploration experiences that inspire curiosity, excitement, engagement and confidence.
NASA Wavelength
Category: Other Resources
NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs.
Maker Resource Library
Category: Other Resources
This resource library was initiated by the NSF EAGER Maker Summit. A goal of the Summit was to compile a comprehensive bibliography of resources in the Maker field.
NASA Science Resources
Category: Other Resources
These downloadable and printable NASA Science Resources keep NASA science education at your fingertips.
NASA Space Place
Category: Other Resources
This NASA website, geared toward upper-elementary-aged children, provides information about space and Earth Science through articles and hands-on activities.
Center for Astronomy Education
Category: Other Resources
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Astronomy Education provides list of resources to use when teaching astronomy.