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NASA Shows How Cool STEAM Is with High-Tech Pumpkin Contest

What happens when the NASA team comes together to hold a pumpkin carving competition?

The creation of a trove of high-tech pumpkins that are sure to inspire you to up your pumpkin-carving game next year—and your incredulous students to delve into STEAM to figure out how such orange wonders are possible.

Held at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA is using its annual “carving” competition to once again show how cool using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills can be.

Using just an hour of design time, NASA engineers created intricate pumpkins that dazzle with the help of motors, robotics, lighting and unbridled creativity.

One mechanical engineer at NASA and participant in the carving contest used his Twitter account to showcase some of the contest’s best entries—to the delight of the entire Internet.

Show your students how rocket engineers carve pumpkins with some stand-out examples pulled from Aaron Yazzi’s Twitter account:

Get a behind-the-scenes look with this footage of the 2014 NASA carving contest:

And if you’re using NASA’s pumpkin carving contest to inspire young learners in your classroom this week, you should also let them know about NASA’s recruitment of space-themed costumes:

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

10/31/2016

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