NASA STEM Innovation Lab at AGU 2019 | ExploratoriumOn January 18, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
My name is Troy Cline, I’m from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. And I’m here at AGU this week talking about NASA’s new program called the STEM Innovation Lab. Now, in the STEM Innovation Lab we’re promoting the idea of makerspace education and outreach and we bring scientists and engineers from all over the Center, with educators, to come into the Lab and explore about seven or eight different technologies, including Arduino, electronics, Raspberry Pi, virtual reality, augmented reality, and on and on. To my left is actually an installation from JPL and this is an art installation, it’s a model of a much larger version, which is called The Pulse, and the original version, the big one, is around 15 feet high. It has a SIM card connected to it and it basically connects to the Deep Space Network and over 30 interplanetary spacecraft. So when you see packets of light shooting down, you’ll be able to notice this is real packets of information represented, coming down through the Network and then you’ll see packets of light shooting up through the center, which means our inter communication is actually happening and it’s connected to real data. So this is a type of idea that we’re really excited about because it inspires students to want to do more with electronics and learn how to code in order to bring art into the projects with NASA or even more science and engineering. Another small project that we have, that one of our engineers created, is a wand that students can actually create on their own. And it has the instructions for it. This basically has a magnetometer sensor built into the top, some haptic devices to make it vibrate, some Arduino and Raspberry Pi with some lighting, and what it does is its sensing the Earth’s magnetic field right now coming through this room. So as I move this wand around I can look at the meter and I’ll be able to see exactly the direction the Earth’s magnetic field is flowing through me right now. And this is another small project the students can do on their own. So, there are many more projects to explore. So I hope you can enjoy it. Just go to STEM Innovation Lab dot org, we’ll see you there.