FAMILIES across Cork are invited to join free virtual NASA field trips which have been created with the help of a start-up founded by a Tyndall PhD student.
To celebrate World Astronomy Day on May 15, NASA has teamed up with SMART Edu Club, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education start-up, to provide free field trips for students aged between five and 14.
Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a 30-minute interactive presentation and a Q&A session with NASA Specialists which covers two different topics including ‘How to Build a Satellite’ and ‘Living and Working in Space’.
A series of short videos and self-guided activities will also be available to help participants to apply their knowledge at home.
Marinara Marcato, a PhD student in Engineering Science at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC), founded SMART Edu Club in April 2020 to support families who were home-schooling during the pandemic.
Her start-up was later selected to join UCC’s IGNITE Business Incubation Programme.
Speaking on the virtual NASA field trips, she said it is a chance to encourage kids to develop an interest in STEM subjects.
‘How to Build a Satellite’ will take place today at 6.00 pm, and is designed for 10-14-year olds.
‘Living and Working in Space’ for five to nine-year-olds, will take place on Friday, 14 May at 6.00 pm.
Parents and students can sign up for the field trips here.