Planet Palooza is a week-long, self-paced virtual STEM camp that introduces campers to the excitement and challenge of STEM education. Campers learn how to work with real NASA planetary data using spreadsheets and translate the results into real activities. Participants explore science data related to planetary geography, weather, climate, and physics.
With the guidance of camp facilitators available virtually throughout the day, campers use data gathered from their research activities to program an mBot Educational Robot Kit (or similar Scratch-compatible device), modeling the engineering design processes involved in actual space exploration.
The results may be showcased online and campers local to the Raleigh-Durham, NC area will have the chance to showcase their work on the Saturday morning following their camp.
Learning about the planets in our solar system – Venus, Mercury, Earth, & Uranus (Week I camps)
Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune (Week II camps)
Completing fun puzzles and games connected to lessons learned
Beginning data analysis activities using Google Sheets (or Microsoft Excel)
Attending Office Hours with Camp Facilitators