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Updated: Jul 20, 2021

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This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Apollo 11 Anniversary

This week’s focus is the Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!

July 20th, 1969 - the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. It was a historic moment during a feverish space race in which the US and Russia (USSR) were challenging one another to make it to the moon first. The 60’s saw the first space flights ever, followed only 7 years later by landing on the moon. This was quite an incredible time and growth of technology. At the time computers took up entire rooms, and engineers had to shrink them down to fit in the space capsules which was quite a challenge. These breakthroughs in technology led to computing devices getting smaller and faster opening the door to the technology we have today. The Atlantic has a series of articles dedicated to the Apollo 11 moon landing, including one focusing on the incredible achievements of the Apollo computers. You can also read NASA’s account of the Apollo 11 landing here.

Large milestones such as the Apollo 11 landing can be a great chance for students to dig into the science and technology behind the event. The National Informal STEM Education Network has compiled a large list of educational activities and resources to help explore the Apollo landing and other space exploration milestones. These can be great chances to explore the application of math and science, as well as helping to make history come alive!

Helping students gain an appreciation for the history and technology behind space exploration is still as important as ever, as we are entering a new modern ‘space race’ with companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and others working toward taking the next major steps in space exploration.

This week to honor and celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing, can you create any fun projects related to the milestone? Maybe you want to try creating your own rocket simulation in Scratch, or use a device like a micro:bit to create your own rocket control panels!

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