While hundreds of countries imposed mitigating measures against Covid-19, its fellow people across the globe are put under quarantine. For people, being stuck at home for another month can be upsetting and frustratingly tiresome. NASA’s advise, however, is to tap in to your mental faculties and use your imagination.
To provide alternative activities to kill time in an educational and immersive way, the space agency NASA has introduced a website that provides educational materials about space, called “NASA at Home”. It hosts videos, podcasts, e-books, DIY projects, virtual and augmented reality experiences. They’ve also added a cool feature “that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a NASA aircraft.”
The activities within their website targets children in kindergarten and up, and it also provides parents with formal lesson plans and stories on science and space exploration.
“We know people everywhere, especially students, are looking for ways to get out of the house without leaving their house,” said Bettina Inclán, associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Communications. “NASA has a way for them to look to the skies and see themselves in space with their feet planted safely on the ground, but their imaginations are free to explore everywhere we go.”
In another note, those who are interesting in supporting NASA’s research can extend help to their ongoing initiatives for citizen scientists, the likes of JUNOCAM, GLOBE observer and Planet Hunters TESS programs.
“This includes searching for brown dwarfs and planets in our outer solar system and helping track changes in clouds, water, plants, and other life in support of climate research,” the agency shared.
Professionals will also be participating in the at-home program as well, such as astronaut Christina Koch, who reads children’s books weekdays at 4 p.m. EDT on Instagram for students.
Similarly, NASA Television will also be airing shows for students at home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on weekdays.
You can check all the directories it has to offer in the NASA at Home webpage through this link: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome/index.html
If any of your friends are asking what you’re up to, just reply the with “NASA at Home” with a wink.