This Week in STEM: Flipping for Science

This Week in STEM: Flipping for Science

At Concept Schools we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out on what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

There are many more amazing things going on in STEM than we have shared, so leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week.  

This Ship isn’t Sinking, it’s Flipping Science

If you’re concerned about the safety of the researchers on this boat, fear not: they’re flipping for science. The Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP for short) allows researchers from the U.S. to have a quiet, stable platform for accurate measurements at sea.

9-year Old ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ Applies for a Job at NASA

Last week NASA started accepting applications for a new Planetary Protection Officer. While most of us were making jokes about alien invasions, 9-year old Jack was applying for the prestigious role. NASA’s response? Well, they didn’t say no. 

MathCON Wants You to Get Your Math On

MathCON is a national math competition for all U.S. students (including home-schoolers) in grades 5-12. The first round is online, so you can do it alongside your fellow mathletes at school!

Is This the World‘s Largest Dinosaur? 

Scientists are still debating whether or not the recently named Patagotitan mayorum is the world’s largest dinosaur, but one thing is for certain: this plant-munching dino was impressively massive. The dinosaur is estimated to have been over 120 feet long, weighing in at over 70 tons. That’s longer than a blue whale and heavier than two dozen rhinoceroses (in case you were wondering).

Why Does Nature Love Hexagons?

Take a look at nature, and you might start to notice something: nature really likes hexagons. This really cool video from It’s Okay To Be Smart tries to answer the question by looking at bubbles and honeybees.

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