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Astronaut Sunita Williams wears virtual reality headgear and gloves while using a simulator while a screen with the ISS


Educators, Students

Grade Levels

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Informal Education


Careers, Computer Science, Technology, Virtual Reality


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NASA Role Models: Angelica Garcia and Jonathan Schlueter
NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Topic: Virtual Reality Training
Original Air Date: May 21, 2020

Explore the careers of simulation and software engineers Angelica Garcia and Jonathan Schlueter, and learn how they create simulations for astronaut training at the Virtual Reality Training Lab at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

STEM Short Activity: Crew Orbital Docking (CODing) Sim
Objective: Use Scratch, Snap! or another programming language to create an interactive simulation of a spacecraft docking to the space station — for beginning and advanced programmers.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Materials Needed: Downloaded images, computer or tablet with internet access
Difficulty: Hard

Common Core State Standards for Math: MP1, MP2, 5.G.A.2, 6.RP.A.3, 7.EE.B.4, 8.F.B.4

“NASA STEM Stars” is a webchat series. Each chat introduces a science, technology, engineering or math career, addresses a STEM topic and highlights a NASA mission. The chat includes a STEM activity that students can do at home. After the interviews, experts answer students’ questions.