Shared Science celebrated both Teacher Appreciation Week and Asian American Pacific Islander this month, assembled LEGO fractal shapes with students, and simulated earthquakes with LEGO WeDo. Keep reading for more info on STEM developments beyond our classrooms, like considering DNA data storage, losing sight of Jupiter, plus two hands-on STEM activities kids can do at home.
In a world where people constantly need more digital space, scientists have found new ways to store data. DNA storage uses DNA molecules to capture vast amounts of information. Experts expect the first DNA data center to be active within the next decade. Data usually stored in a hard drive will be held in the base pairs that make up DNA. This innovative method allows for more efficient and compact storage, with the added benefit of a longer data lifespan.
Where did Jupiter Go?
On the morning of May 17th, a lunar occultation blocked our sight of Jupiter . A lunar occultation of Jupiter is a rare astronomical event where the moon passes in front of Jupiter. The Moon was in its waning crescent phase and only 5% illuminated when this phenomenon took place.
Link to Article: Moon and Jupiter, May 17, 2023: Best photos here (earthsky.org)
Two Creative STEM Activities Using Only Paper!
Origami and paper airplanes are great interactive activities that get kids hands-on with Science and Math. Origami is the art of paper folding to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional subjects. Kids explore angles, shapes, and math to create a completed folded origami. Paper airplanes are also a great way for students to learn engineering, design, and aerodynamics. Shared Science encourages kids to use their creativity hands-on while they explore new STEM concepts!
Link to Articles: 5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students’ Skills | Edutopia