2020 Event Cancelled
With the addition of the Tulsa Regional Science Fair, TRSA has elected not to host a 2020 STEM SOLE event. Students and educators interested in research, are encouraged to participate in this new program. If you have any questions, please contact us at
Jaime Christensen
Would you love to win a prizes for your classroom?
Join classrooms far and wide in a Self Organized Learning Experience (SOLE) to foster creative and critical thinking in students. Take a day or take a week to explore the wonders of space. After, share what students discover for prizes for you and your classroom.
Using #STEMSOLE, you can join a discussion with students and educators across the country who are exploring the same topic. Using the hashtag will enter you into a contest to win prizes for you and your students!*

November 18-22


In the SOLE method, teachers and parents guide students as they discover lessons and concepts for themselves. In doing so, they prepare students to conduct their own research and encourage students to take ownership of their learning. If you have any questions, we are eager to help. Spend a day or spend a week exploring space. The amount of classroom time is up to you! Click the link on the bottom of the page to learn more about how to conduct a SOLE.

Social Media Contest

Share your SOLE! Post a photo of your class’s STEM SOLE using #STEMsole on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win our contest. All entries must be submitted between November 18 and 5pm on November 22. Prizes include: 

  • Classroom Field Trip to the Tulsa Air & Space Museum
  • NASA BEST kit
  • Space lego kits
  • Biographies of space explorers & influencers
  • Gift cards for educators

Each account that posts using #STEMsole will receive one entry per substantive post. Posts must be substantive and contain ideas or images relating to the learning experience. While we are excited to see classrooms far and wide participating in this event, entries are limited to educators in the United States.

Research Questions:

  1. Given the physiological changes humans undergo during space travel, what would it take for astronauts to survive a mission to Mars?
  2. What is “Dark Matter” and why is it important?
  3. What are the other planets in our solar system? How are they similar and how do they differ?
  4. Is it realistic that people can live on another planet?
  5. How can we solve the problem of “space junk”?
  6. What are black holes?
  7. What has been the most important discovery made by the International Space Station?
  8. What is the likelihood of a comet striking the Earth? What procedures can be put into place to avert such a threat?
  9. Is space colonization a possibility within the next 50 years?
  10. Any other space-related topic you’d like to explore!


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*Prizes limited to any educator in NE Oklahoma.