Thank you for inspiring science learning for life through the STEM Satellites program! This page is a one-stop resource to assist facilitators as you deliver this content.

About STEM Satellites

Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the University of Central Florida and NASA, has created STEM-based educational experiences for youth ages 9 and up in an effort to increase science and math comprehension for those in long-term hospital care. ​

Facilitators do not need to be experts! Your role is to provide support to children as they work on these activities. This page will help you get comfortable with STEM Satellites delivery.

Virtual Facilitator Training Modules

We recommend that everyone engage with the “Introduction to STEM Satellites” module first in order to lay a foundation for the program. Mission: Mars and Mission: Stars may be viewed in any order. Click on the “Outline” tab to see upcoming slides, or click on the “Notes” tab to read along with the narration.

Introduction to STEM Satellites

    • Background information on the project
    • General facilitation tips
    • LEGO® Mindstorms EV3
    • Cleaning and Reporting Procedures

MISSION: MARS

    • The Launch Pad
    • Getting to Mars
    • Planetary Orbits
    • Surveying the Land

MISSION: STARS

    • Story of Light
    • Gathering Light
    • Exoplanets

Downloads

Frequently Asked Questions

  • General guidelines are provided in the Introduction to STEM Satellites virtual training module; however, you should always follow your hospital’s internal cleaning and sanitization procedures for all materials.
  • Check that the battery is charged.
  • Check that all cables are plugged into the correct ports on the IntelliBrick and on the motors or sensors as indicated in the EV3 Classroom app program. If the robot expects a wire to be in Port A but it is actually plugged into Port B, the program will not work as intended.
  • Each wireless induction charger disc manufacturer is slightly different, but you will know it is charging when the color of the indicator light changes. As a general rule, do not leave materials charging longer than necessary to ensure long battery life.
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Reporting Resources

Please click the links below to report on program delivery. The sign-in/sign-out and inventory forms should be completed every time you take the cart to a participant (even if they only engage for 15 minutes). The tech service ticket only needs to be filled out when necessary.

THIS MATERIAL PRODUCED BY ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA IS BASED UPON WORK SUPPORTED BY NASA UNDER COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT AWARD NUMBER NNX16AM34G.

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