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Are You Dressed for a Spacewalk? Harnessing Student Interest in Space Exploration to Engage Them in Energy and Engineering


"Drawing connections between what excites students and what they do in the classroom can inspire them to pursue those interests later in life. Teachers and researchers have long posited that space exploration is inspirational to students (Bennett 2015). Taking advantage of this interest is a great way to show students that many academic fields are integral to space travel, thus raising their awareness of lesser-known science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. In the engineering activity described in this article, students are challenged to design a space suit."