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Amazon Future Engineer tours,
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"Alexa, help an astronaut!"
Alexa skills for astronauts, made by your students
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What is Alexa for Astronauts?
What is Alexa for Astronauts?
Alexa for Astronauts lets students become virtual crew members as Alexa heads to the Moon on NASA's Artemis I and lets them build Alexa skills in a whole new way.

Inspire the next generation of astronauts, computer scientists, and engineers by joining a free and interactive virtual tour, live from Johnson Space Center this spring as NASA's Artemis I takes flight to the Moon. Let students learn how to program their own Alexa skills that could help astronauts solve problems in space and communities at home.
  • Join our space tour

    We will offer two virtual public tours per week, live from Johnson Space Center in Spring 2022, timed for the launch of NASA's Artemis I mission. Students will get to interact with Alexa and Webex technology on its way to the Moon.

    We will release times from the waitlist as the launch get closer. If they don't fit your schedule, we will also provide an On-Demand option. Both options will have a standards-aligned Teacher Toolkit coming Spring 2022.

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    Learn how to build Alexa skills

    Before or after the tour, students can learn to build their own conversational AI skill on MIT's App Inventor.

    General science and computer science curricula will be available from our partners in March.

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More about the tour

Alexa will be part of Callisto, a technology demonstration payload embedded into NASA’s Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission and built in collaboration with engineers from Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco.

Join Amazon Future Engineer, Lockheed Martin, and Webex by Cisco on a space tour from Johnson Space Center and assist in testing Alexa’s on-board capabilities. You’ll also see how Webex, running on a tablet on Orion, will allow virtual crew members to videoconference and collaborate between the technology onboard Orion and with the Webex video devices at mission control in Houston.

More about the Alexa skills curriculum

The National Science Teaching Association’s Alexa for Astronauts: Using AI to Monitor Health lesson set is a five-day, life science instructional sequence designed to expose high school students to ideas about artificial intelligence (AI) and computer programming using Amazon Alexa and MIT App Inventor, while applying previously-built life science ideas to begin to address the problem of monitoring astronauts’ physical health during deep-space exploration.

In Mobile CSP's Alexa in Space unit, students will explore artificial intelligence concepts by creating Alexa skills. Students will explore the question of how voice AI can help inexperienced space travelers, such as tourists, complete everyday tasks in a microgravity environment. This unit can be completed after the AP CSP exam and is available through a free interactive e-book.
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  • Can families join or only classrooms?
    Everyone is welcome! The experiences are designed to be easy for teachers to integrate into classrooms, but anyone can sign up and join the tour or access curriculum to code Alexa skills.
  • When will the tour be available?
    The tour will be available in Spring 2022, shortly after the launch of Artemis I and the Callisto Payload. It is currently slated to launch in March 2022.
  • How much does this cost?
    The tour, curriculum, and all materials included in the accompanying Teacher Toolkit, are provided to teachers at no cost.
  • How can I register for a tour?
    Registration will be available in Spring 2022. Once registered, you will receive an individualized link to join your chosen virtual tour time.
  • I teach multiple sections. Can I request multiple tour times?
    Yes! You can request a tour for as many sections as you need. If any of your classes are unable to attend one of our live sessions, you can always sign up for our on-demand recording of the tour (coming Spring 2022).
  • What grade levels can participate in the tour?
    We recommend the tour for any grade 4 and above. The tour includes content accessible to each grade and teachers can use the Teacher Toolkit to adjust learning how they see fit.
  • What conference platform do I need to use?
    For the tour, we utilize Webex by Cisco. It runs in browser, so you will not need to download anything prior to the chat. Use this system check to make sure Webex is not blocked at your school.
  • Can anyone sign up for a space tour?
    Anyone can sign up for a space tour. If students are learning in person, only the teacher needs to register. Teachers should project the tour and use a mouse to answer interactive questions and chat with tour leaders.
  • When will the curriculum be available?
    The curriculum will be available in Spring 2022 after the conclusion of beta testing.
  • What grade levels can participate in the Alexa for Astronauts curriculum?
    The Mobile CSP Alexa in Space curriculum is designed for students who are currently enrolled in or have completed an AP computer science course. The National Science Teaching Association’s Alexa for Astronauts: Using AI to Monitor Health lesson set is designed for high school science classrooms (grades 9-12). Students do not need to have a computer science background for the curriculum.
  • How can I access the curriculum?
    We will have two curricula available from our partners NSTA and Mobile CSP, available on our partners’ sites. Be sure to sign up to join the waitlist to learn when it becomes available!
  • Who can I contact for help?
    Reach out to afe-contact@amazon.com for help.