Join students Sophie, Tomás, Emma, and Marcus during Fifth Period! This STEM comic strip chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from their kooky, inspiring, off-the-wall science teacher, Mr. Kepler. When they're not in class, these kids love to explore the vast world of STEM on their own, launching weather balloons, programming computer games, and cataloging insects, sometimes with unpredictable and highly entertaining results!
Check back on the first and third Friday of every month for a new Fifth Period strip!
This Raises More Questions Than Answers!
So now we know the answer to the mystery of the bizarre glowing cat, because he’s an…alien? Oh come on, that’s not even possible…even if aliens did exist (I’m told they prefer the term “extraterrestrials”), what would they be doing on Earth anyway? And more importantly, what would they think of our Instagram photos?!
Actually, since the universe is such a big place, there are likely many planets that are capable of supporting life (whether they actually do is another matter!). What is it that makes a planet habitable? There are many factors, but one of the most important is the planet’s distance from the star it’s orbiting. Whether or not the planet is in the “habitable zone” will determine if it’s just the right temperature to sustain life! It goes like this: If a planet is too close to a star, it’ll be way too hot; if it’s too far away, too cold. Our Earth is in a habitable zone, making it the relatively cozy place we know it to be. When you put it that way, what extraterrestrial wouldn’t want to pop by for a visit?
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Learn what some scientists are doing to probe the galaxy for more habitable planets. Turns out, finding other planets in nearby star systems is just around the corner. Still skeptical that habitable planets are out there? Check out this interactive website that shows the scale of the universe—saying it’s a big place is an understatement!