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Sat, June 13, 2020 - 10:30 am CDT

 
Virtual Field Trip: Innovating the Future

Virtual Field Trip: Innovating the Future

Exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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Virtual Field Trip: ecoAction

Virtual Field Trip: ecoAction

Travel to various locations around Seattle, Washington to meet STEM experts who are working on sustainability.

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Lesson Plan: Space Ergonomics

Lesson Plan: Space Ergonomics

Students will complete a redesign of the International Space Station's fitness center.

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Lesson Plan: Welding Opportunities

Lesson Plan: Welding Opportunities

Students will learn about the science behind welding, explore its uses across manufacturing and aerospace.

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Lesson Plan: Mars Landing

Lesson Plan: Mars Landing

Students are challenged with creating a landing system for the world's first crewed Martian-bound spacecraft.

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Lesson Plan: Deep Space Gateway

Lesson Plan: Deep Space Gateway

Students will research and analyze potential solutions to establishing a lunar base.

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Lesson Plan: Long-Endurance Space Flight

Lesson Plan: Long-Endurance Space Flight

Students will explore scale, proportion, time, and distance to understand potential problems of long-endurance space flights.

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Lesson Plan: Topology Optimization

Lesson Plan: Topology Optimization

Students will be presented with the challenge of minimizing spacecraft weight in order to maximize flight capabilities.

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360 Video: Discover Mars

360 Video: Discover Mars

This 360-experience guides students through three space-based scenarios with a focus on various aspects and considerations with respect to traveling to Mars.

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Space Innovation: How We Get There

Space Innovation: How We Get There

Meet the Boeing Engineering Team that is working together to launch the next spacecraft to Mars.

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Space Innovation: Immersive Simulation

Space Innovation: Immersive Simulation

Learn how Boeing mathematicians, coders, and scientists have created a one-of-a-kind, immersive 3D experience on a 2D screen.

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Space Innovation: Boeing Leading the World in Space Exploration

Space Innovation: Boeing Leading the World in Space Exploration

Watch how Boeing is leading the world in space exploration with cutting-edge launch systems, the new CST-100 Starliner and more!

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Boeing Unveils America’s First Space Taxi

Boeing Unveils America’s First Space Taxi

Get an inside look at America’s first Space Taxi – the Boeing shuttle that will take everyday citizens to the International Space Station.

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360 Video: Ride in a Boeing Starliner

360 Video: Ride in a Boeing Starliner

Follow the path of NASA astronauts as they travel in the latest generation of rockets – the Boeing CST-100 Starliner.

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Space Innovation: Building the Future of Space

Space Innovation: Building the Future of Space

It’s been over five years since a crew launched from and landed on U.S. soil. Take a look at how Boeing is bringing America back into space with the launch of…

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Space Innovation: Preparing for Space

Space Innovation: Preparing for Space

Catch a glimpse of the training, testing, and preparation that Boeing undergoes before launching a spacecraft into space.

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Space Innovation: Close Look with NASA Astronauts

Space Innovation: Close Look with NASA Astronauts

NASA astronauts get an up-close look at the Starliner trainers – a simulated glass cockpit that is an exact replica of what they will see within the CST-100…

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STEM Space at Home: Roller Coasters

STEM Space at Home: Roller Coasters

Led by an engineer from Communities In Schools of San Antonio, watch the video for 3 levels of challenges, the science behind roller coasters, and real-world…

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At-Home STEM Activity Chart

At-Home STEM Activity Chart

Download six weeks of daily enrichment activities including online and offline versions for PreK – 12th grades.

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Online Ciphers

Online Ciphers

Wed, June 10, 2020 - 2:00 pm CDT: The class will discuss what is a cipher and their importance in world history. Be prepared with pen/pencil and something to write on.

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STEM Space at Home: Plants in Space

STEM Space at Home: Plants in Space

Led by an engineer, watch the video for an out of this world experience in growing your own plants like astronauts do in space!

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STEM Space at Home: Superhero Robotic Arm

STEM Space at Home: Superhero Robotic Arm

Learn how to build a moveable robotic hand, and then turn it into a wearable superhero arm!

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Forensics in the Lab

Forensics in the Lab

Fri, June 12, 2020 - 2:00 pm CDT: This class will discuss what happens with the forensic evidence in the lab and the science behind it.

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Decomposition: How many days before it disappears?

Decomposition: How many days before it disappears?

Mon, June 8, 2020 - 2:00 pm CDT: The class will discuss: What is the decomposition time of materials? Why is knowing this important? How does decomposition relate to recycling?

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Lego 30 Day Challenge

Lego 30 Day Challenge

This challenge is open to the entire FIRST in Texas statewide community. Students of all ages, mentors, coaches, volunteers, statewide partners, FIRST…

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What is Aquaponics?

What is Aquaponics?

See the Science Mill's aquaponics systems in action and discover related STEM careers. Then learn how to design a hydroponic planter using items you have…

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Starry Nights at Girlstart

Starry Nights at Girlstart

Star shows in our Mini-Planetarium and out-of-this-world activities for all ages.

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Dr. Kim Dao: Women in STEM

Dr. Kim Dao: Women in STEM

Often being the only girl in her classes, rotations, and medical training, Kim decided to expose more girls to her career field. We are so grateful to have her…

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Incredible Ball Machine

Incredible Ball Machine

Explore crazy contraptions like our over-the-top exhibit, the Incredible Ball Machine! Join the Science Mill staff on a wacky adventure into the wild ride of…

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Wondergraph - Math & Art

Wondergraph - Math & Art

We are using math to design intricate works of art using our very own Wondergraph! Hop into our Learning Lab for a DIY workshop on creating your own geometric…

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Rocks ROCK!

Rocks ROCK!

Tue, June 9, 2020 - 2:00 pm CDT: Did you know that a rock is not just a rock, but minerals? This class will discuss the minerals in rocks and how they are helpful in the technology we use…

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Masters of Disguise

Masters of Disguise

See how nature inspires tech innovations on this episode of the Explorer Zone. Meet the Science Mill’s Masters of Disguise – creatures with incredible…

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Create An Explosion

Create An Explosion

Join the Science Mill team on an adventure that is down to Earth and out into Space. Meet former NASA astronaut and Science Mill board member Tom Henricks as…

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STEM Space at Home: Pirate Ship

STEM Space at Home: Pirate Ship

Build a boat that can hold treasure without sinking and then turn it into a sailboat that can sail across a small body of water!

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Dr. Serena Hon: Women in STEM

Dr. Serena Hon: Women in STEM

Dr. Hon initially got involved with Girlstart to show girls that they can be doctors, too. We are excited to have her on the blog to talk about her journey to…

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Carrie Bell: Women in STEM

Carrie Bell: Women in STEM

Carrie got involved with Girlstart after seeing how much her daughter enjoyed our programs. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to hear about her…

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Colossal Robotic Hand

Colossal Robotic Hand

Watch how the Colossal Hand exhibit was prototyped, engineered, constructed, and functions. Stay with the STEM educator crew and learn how to make your own…

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FIRST in Texas Talks: Cyber Security

FIRST in Texas Talks: Cyber Security

In this session of FIRST in Texas Talks, the focus is on careers and workforce opportunities inside the world of cyber security. We will hear from two cyber…

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Virtual SAMSAT Museum Tour

Virtual SAMSAT Museum Tour

See our Edison experimental light bulb collection, an electromechanical computer, early stock ticker, our demonstration Security Operations Center, the…

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Video Game Design with Scratch

Video Game Design with Scratch

Learn how video game designers think about the story of a game, and how graphics designers and software developers implement. We'll be using using Scratch…

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STEM Space At Home: Musical Instrument

STEM Space At Home: Musical Instrument

Design a musical instrument and control the loudness and frequency of the sound!

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STEM Space at Home: Space Lander

STEM Space at Home: Space Lander

Build your very own space lander and keep your astronauts safe when landing on Mars!

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Sam Marcellus: Women in STEM

Sam Marcellus: Women in STEM

Sam began volunteering with Girlstart at their Back to School STEM Saturday event where she loved hearing girls explain to their parents what they were…

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What do you wonder about the Coronavirus?

What do you wonder about the Coronavirus?

Have questions about coronavirus? Virologist Dr. Nels Elde joins the Explorer Zone for a special episode on COVID-19. Dr. Elde will answer questions by viewers…

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Brain Buster Challenge

Brain Buster Challenge

Fri, June 5, 2020 - 2:00 pm CDT: Do you want to test your knowledge of our lessons against others who have attended our lessons? Come see how much you have really learned by participating in a…

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Space: In Our Own Backyard

Space: In Our Own Backyard

Fri, June 5, 2020 - 10:00 am CDT: Did you know that space is right in our backyard? Great discoveries have been made in the area of space that is closest to us, in our backyard. This class will…

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The Sound of Silos

The Sound of Silos

Do you have a fascination with fluctuation or an obsession with oscillation, perhaps a peculiar rhythm of reverberation that you just can’t shake? Ever have…

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Sarah Strobhar: Women in STEM

Sarah Strobhar: Women in STEM

Sarah found Girlstart after previously volunteering with other female STEM organizations and wanted to get more involved. She is one of many amazing Women In…

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Augmented Reality Workshop

Augmented Reality Workshop

Mark Solis from Love.Marketing will go over the practical use cases for Augmented Reality. Love.Marketing is a new wave agency based in San Antonio, Texas. We…

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Get Empowered with Xbox One Family Settings

Get Empowered with Xbox One Family Settings

Fri, June 5, 2020 - 4:00 pm CDT: This free workshop provides key information about your family’s Xbox One. The hands-on hour includes instruction on how to set up your Xbox One, create child…

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SAMSAT Online CAMP: Picture This

SAMSAT Online CAMP: Picture This

Mon, June 8, 2020 - 10:00 am CDT: Join us for a virtual camp on photography. How do cameras work? What is composition and how does it influence a good picture? We introduce you to photo editing…

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The Amazing Body

The Amazing Body

Thu, June 11, 2020 - 2:00 pm CDT: We all know the basic parts of the human body that include the head, neck, torso, arms and legs, but do we know what makes it go? How about what makes a person…

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SAMSAT Online CAMP: Diggin Dinosaurs

SAMSAT Online CAMP: Diggin Dinosaurs

Mon, June 15, 2020 - 10:00 am CDT: Do you like dinosaurs? Wanna learn about the prehistoric past?! Join us for a trip back to a world when dinosaurs roamed across the globe! Explore key concepts…

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SAMSAT Online CAMP: Technology of Amazing Animals

SAMSAT Online CAMP: Technology of Amazing Animals

Mon, June 22, 2020 - 10:00 am CDT: Have you ever wondered how animals survive such extreme conditions like miles under the ocean or in the freezing temperatures of the arctic? Have you ever…

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Jennifer Parker: Women in STEM

Jennifer Parker: Women in STEM

Jennifer is passionate about helping others find doors of opportunity, just as mentors and supporters once did for her. She sees volunteering with Girlstart as…

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Butterfly Travels

Butterfly Travels

In this video, we will lead students through our Butterfly Travels Scratch activity, which uses Scratch block coding. Students can follow along with the video…

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Ada Lovelace's Flying Horse

Ada Lovelace's Flying Horse

English mathematician Ada Lovelace is remembered as the first person to publish an algorithm and create a computer program. As a child, she had a brilliant…

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Secret Code Generator Remix

Secret Code Generator Remix

In this video, we'll learn about a Caesar Cipher and complete Scratch code to make a working encoding method. The Caesar Cipher was created by Julius…

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Costume Change

Costume Change

This activity will help you learn the basics of sprite costume customization. You will create a scene in which you change the Dinosaur sprite to look like his…

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Kano Make Art Challenge

Kano Make Art Challenge

In this video, we introduce Kano Make Art, a fun online editor that combines art with code. We'll walk through the Basic Challenge package, explaining the…

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Pizza For Lunch

Pizza For Lunch

In this activity, you will create a bright digital canvas featuring a lunchtime favorite using web-based programming software. You will code in CoffeeScript,…

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Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse

Importing your own images into Scratch can be a useful skill for creating a number of projects including time-lapse projects, stop motion animations, and…

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Hello World - Java Intro

Hello World - Java Intro

This activity is for beginner text-based coders who want to learn the Java language. This activity will help practice syntax and commands. The purpose of this…

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

In this activity you will help the Very Hungry Caterpillar, from the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, eat a delicious leaf. As the caterpillar eats the leaf,…

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Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors

This activity is for intermediate level coders who want to learn the Java language. This activity requires understanding of the syntax (set of rules or…

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Parts of Speech Instrument

Parts of Speech Instrument

In this activity, you will build your own musical instrument which you can play when you hear specific words. You will use different ways to input information…

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Crack the Code

Crack the Code

This activity is designed for advanced level programmers who are interested in exploring text-based coding language. This exercise incorporates Python and…

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The Food Web

The Food Web

In this activity, we'll build a program that shows the path of a single food chain. Instead of working from an activity sheet, we'll walk through…

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Guess the Number

Guess the Number

This activity is designed for beginner programmers who are interested in exploring text-based coding languages. This exercise incorporates the use of Python…

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Coding with the Spurs: Kick Off Game

Coding with the Spurs: Kick Off Game

Join Spurs Give and Youth Code Jam this week for a brand, new basketball-inspired coding program, supported by Conn’s HomePlus, aimed to help students learn…

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Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

In this activity, you will create four different scenes that represent each season. These seasons are: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. In each of these…

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Shapemaker

Shapemaker

This activity is designed for intermediate programmers who are interested in exploring text based coding languages. This exercise incorporates the use of…

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Build a Sandcastle

Build a Sandcastle

In this activity, you will be creating your own robot like Pascal in the book How to Code a Sandcastle by Joshua Funk, and then you will help your personal…

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Blueprint

Blueprint

Architects create blueprints, or plans, of their buildings before they can be built. Using Kano Make Art, you will use the coding language CoffeeScript, a…

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Return to Earth

Return to Earth

In this activity you will be helping an astronaut return to Earth. As the astronaut gets closer to Earth, Earth will slowly increase in size as if we are going…

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Pollen Race (remix)

Pollen Race (remix)

In this activity, we'll explore advanced programming concepts such as working with multiple variables and how to have different sprites (objects) interact…

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Gruffalo Maze

Gruffalo Maze

In this activity we will be programming a Gruffalo Sprite to move through a maze that we create. This activity will teach us how to use backgrounds and Sprites…

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Bake a Cake

Bake a Cake

Programming doesn’t exist in a bubble. There are a lot of real-world activities that actually use programming concepts, even though it’s not always obvious. In…

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She Code Connect Virtual Club

She Code Connect Virtual Club

Sat, June 13, 2020 - 10:30 am CDT: The Youth Code Jam She Code Connect program is for middle and high school students who identify as female and have a passion for tech, like to code, and want…

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She Code Connect Virtual Club

She Code Connect Virtual Club

Sat, June 27, 2020 - 10:30 am CDT: The Youth Code Jam She Code Connect program is for middle and high school students who identify as female and have a passion for tech, like to code, and want…

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Coding with the Spurs Live: Code the Basketball

Coding with the Spurs Live: Code the Basketball

Thu, June 11, 2020 - 4:00 pm CDT: Join Spurs Give and Youth Code Jam this week for a brand, new basketball-inspired coding program, supported by Conn’s HomePlus, aimed to help students learn…

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Coding with the Spurs Live: Code the Player

Coding with the Spurs Live: Code the Player

Thu, June 18, 2020 - 4:00 pm CDT: Join Spurs Give and Youth Code Jam this week for a brand, new basketball-inspired coding program, supported by Conn’s HomePlus, aimed to help students learn…

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Coding with the Spurs Live: Adventure Mode

Coding with the Spurs Live: Adventure Mode

Thu, June 25, 2020 - 4:00 pm CDT: Join Spurs Give and Youth Code Jam this week for a brand, new basketball-inspired coding program, supported by Conn’s HomePlus, aimed to help students learn…

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