To Infinity & Beyond OCE Astronauts click Astronaut Patch to find out more information about the NASA patch you received from STEM class!
Did you know that the only company that works with NASA since 1960 making all the astronauts patches is from Weaverville, North Carolina? They are called A-B Emblem and you can find out more about them, their work, and more incredible patches by clicking on the company's name. Get inspired! Get ready! We are launching a new adventure to Infinity & Beyond! Once you get your patch if you wanna share your enthusiasm on social media just share a picture of you with the patch via Twitter and tag me @msferreira6 using the hashtag #OCEastronauts or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post your pic on Twitter!
Additional at home resources to engage your child in STEM
HopscotchPlatform: iPad Cost: free Hopscotch is still a favorite for us. We talked about this last time, but it's still free, and they've added so many new features for both building and sharing that we can't imagine it not being at the top of our list. The block coding makes it easy for early readers to program, but the complexity keeps it engaging and challenging for older students, too. Users can create games, stories, interactive art, apps, and more!
Run MarcoPlatform: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, web Cost: free We just learned about Run Marco this week, and while we haven't had much time to dig deep, we like what we've seen so far. Marketed as an "adventurous coding game," it's something that students can play on an iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, or online. This is similar to Kodable in that players learn coding by advancing through a game, and there doesn't seem to be a way of creating your own code from scratch. The blocks, however, have words as well as pictures. While the words are more prominent, the pictures are obvious enough and should be easy for pre-readers. At the time of this writing, only the first ten levels are available, with more to come soon.