This Week in STEM: Goodbye Earth, Hello Mars and Octlantis

This Week in STEM: Goodbye Earth, Hello Mars and Octlantis

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. 


Martian Researchers Return to Civilization and Request Fresh Fruit

The Mars research crew completed their 8-month mission to the red planet of…Hawaii. We haven’t put humans on Mars just yet, but NASA and other organizations around the world are well on their way to making that a reality. Part of the process is testing how humans might fare on the long missions away from Earth, which is exactly what this mission was for. Maybe the next thing NASA can work on is getting fresh fruit Mars, we hear a diet of mostly freeze-dried food isn’t as exciting as fresh pineapple and papaya. 


RIP Cassini, You’re the Real MVP

Cassini plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere last week, but we’re including in This Week in STEM because we’re still learning a lot about the data it collected near the end of its mission. We’re learned a lot from Cassini over the last 13 years, and will probably continue to learn from the data it has collected. We’re said to see Cassini’s mission end, but we’re also excited to see where NASA goes next

PC: NASA/JPL-Caltech

There’s an Octopus City and We’re Calling it Octlantis

Biologists have found a small city of octopi living somewhat harmoniously off the coastline of eastern Australia. Apparently, there are dens, social committees, and neighborhood watch cephalopods. Or it’s just social behavior and natural selection, but we like to think of the tentacled creatures as our gloomy civilized brethren under the sea. 

Bugs are for Girls

An 8-year-old girl called Sophia who was bullied for her love of bugs just put her name on her first scientific publication. Sophia’s mom sent a letter to the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC), looking for advice on how to encourage her daughter’s interest in bugs and insects despite the teasing at school. The letter went viral on Twitter, and eventually turned into a study on Communications for the Sciences. Read the full story here to hear all about this heartwarming story.

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