The goal of this program is to promote STEM skills and open up career opportunities in the growing space sector. In April 2022, the development of the Maine Space Sector was confirmed (press release link https://www.pressherald.com/2022/04/24/maines-planning-to-build-a-spaceport-heres-how-it-could-become-a-leader-in-the-industry/), and this K-12 Space STEM program has been designed for Maine to equip and prepare youngsters for the opportunities that await them.
Why should we participate?
Since 2016, teachers and students alike have found the MaxIQ Space STEM programs exciting, educational, and fun. Using the modular electronics kits, conducting experiments and research, these kits can be extended to handle high altitude balloon flights and rocket launches. This particular program has been designed for Maine, to support teachers and students, to ensure that the Maine space sector can grow to its full potential.
What does this entail?
MaxIQ Space is customizing their international K-12 Space STEM program specifically for Maine. Delivery includes teacher and facilitator training; curriculum and challenges relating STEM, space, and sustainability; modular electronics kits; workshops and support sessions. Schools get to keep with kits as they can be fully re-used. These kits are IoT enabled, connect to a data dashboard, and support topics such as data science, coding, big data, robotics and internet of things. As teachers are pressed for time, MaxIQ Space will be providing support from trainedfacilitators and easy to use teacher support materials.
How to participate?
From November 9th to 11th, 2022, we’ll be encouraging teachers and schools to sign up for the program. If you’d like more information, please contact Judi at maxiq.space, or complete this online form (https://forms.gle/pbpNDZM9JnzJsLQt7). In Aroostook and Washington Counties, we’ll be hosting in-person information sessions from November 9th to 10th, 2022, followed by school visits on the 11th to those interested.