Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT)
The Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) provides FREE presentations about current NASA missions and research to Montana schools, youth programs, and community groups. This year's presentation is called The Dark Side of the Universe.
Since we are not able to visit classrooms in person right now, we are excited to share a video of our SPOT presentation, given by Eleni, a senior in mechanical engineering technology at MSU. Check out the video and questions below!
Teachers: if you assign watching the video to your students, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include where you teach and the size of your class. Thank you!
Students: if you have questions about the dark side of the universe, you can send them to email@example.com and we'll send you answers!
- What kind of light do doctors use to take pictures of your bones?
- How different does Jupiter look in different types of light?
- What force keeps our solar system together?
- What is more dense, a rock the size of your hand or a pillow?
- Will our sun become a black hole one day?
- Which is heavier, a spoonful of our sun or a spoonful of a neutron star?
- True or false: we can detect gravitational waves from colliding black holes?
- Montana State University helped discover gravitational waves using what instrument?
- True or false: we can see most of the matter in the universe.
- What do galaxies need to keep from flying apart?
- What is your favorite thing you learned from the video?
The focus of the program is professional training for higher education student presenters with mentoring by STEM graduate student managers. Through this program higher education students utilize unique NASA content to become inspirational STEM role models for K-12 students and teachers.
The interactive SPOT presentations utilize slides, videos, animations, iClickers (depending on group size) and an inquisitive approach to relay the excitement of new discoveries in space science. NASA research and careers here in Montana are highlighted in each show. Presentations can be done in a classroom or assembly setting, as long as a screen or blank wall and an electrical outlet are available. Each show lasts approximately 50 minutes.
Participating teachers will receive NASA related activities, brochures and other materials they can use in their classrooms.
Interested in being a SPOT presenter? Email us!