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Space Shuttle's Heat Shield Problem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers participate in a role-play activity to determine how to replace heat shields on the space shuttle using polar coordinates.
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How to Land Your Spaceship

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
How many moves does it take to land an out-of-this-world aircraft? Given a spaceship and a landing pad, pupils work together to determine the sequence of transformations needed to land it. Individuals show they can perform...
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Next Generation Spacecraft—Orion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the cross-sectional area of the Orion spacecraft? Groups work together to estimate the area of a cross section of the Orion spacecraft by first counting the number of grids a scale drawing covers. Pupils also employ a method...
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Space Shuttle: Print and Color

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this word recognition worksheet, students trace the word "space shuttle," write the word independently, and color the picture of a space shuttle.
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For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students explore our solar system, survival in space, and life in a space shuttle through a series of activities and games. The class re-enacts the bombardment of the planet Jupiter with a comet through a game of ball.
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A Tour of a Space Shuttle Scavenger Hunt

For Students 4th - 6th
In this space shuttle activity, students explore the Internet to access one specific website to find the answers to five fill in the blank statements about how the space shuttle works.
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What's Out There? Space Shuttle Exploration and Simulation

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students role-play the jobs of space shuttle astronauts, conduct experiments, and research space using the Internet and offline experiments. Student-astronauts hold a "press conference" to share their information with others in a...
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Destination Outer Space

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate space travel. In this space travel lesson students examine space exploration history, engineers and scientists involved in space exploration, and Newton's third law of motion. Students make rockets.
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Spacecraft Launched on Mission to Pluto

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students read a news article about a space mission being launched to the planet Pluto. They study the necessary vocabulary and complete an anticipation guide of questions which they revisit after they read the article.
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Can You Hear Me Now?—Communicating with Spacecraft

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Radio signals transmitted to Pluto take five hours to reach their destination! In these two activities, young scientists explore data communication in space. In activity one, pupils learn how data is gathered and sent back to Earth....
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Edible Mars Spacecraft

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Pathfinder and the rover, Sojourner.
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Ascent: 50 Seconds to MECO

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
All systems go! With a video and a Google Earth tour as background, pairs investigate two graphs. The graphs display acceleration vs. time and velocity vs. time of a space shuttle launch. Using graphing calculators, the pairs take a...
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Can You Push a Spacecraft with Light?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
In space, there is no wind—but there is an unlimited amount of light. An electrifying video that is part of a larger physics playlist shares current technology scientists use to power spacecraft with light. The narrator is not explaining...
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Creating a Space Exploration Infrastructure

For Teachers 7th Standards
What will it take to explore space? Teams of pupils determine the needs of a lunar outpost and research the required systems. The pupils then learn about the past space exploration vehicles. The third and final lesson challenges project...
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Space Shuttle Simulator

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss the space shuttle and its parts. They vote on a class symbol to be placed on their models of the space shuttle. Students build a model of the space shuttle. They discuss the different media that they will use and...
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A Turning Point in the Space Shuttle Program

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils study about the Columbia crew and their mission, how space shuttles work, and explore the history of the shuttle program. By accessing many websites imbedded in this plan, students gain a deep understanding of the Space Shuttle...
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Navigating a Spacecraft

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students work with a partner to plot the trajectory of a spacecraft traveling between Earth and Mars in the 2018 and returning in 2020. They examine the key factors when planning a mission to and from Mars such as travel time, distances...
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Manned Space Exploration: From Apollo to Present

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
How did the manned space mission program progress? The presentation covers American space exploration from the Apollo missions through the International Space Station. 
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Spaceship Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students develop an understanding of our planet as a system by designing a very-long-duration space mission in which the life-support system is patterned after that of earth.
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Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-Challenger: America's Space Tragedy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners read Challenger: America's Space Tragedy by MichaelD. Cole. They complete a variety of cross-curricular activities surrounding the study of the Challenger space shuttle tragedy. Included are reading, art, math, science, writing,...
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Mission Complete, Houston

For Students 4th - 8th
It was a bittersweet event when the space shuttle Atlantis touched down for the last time on July 21, 2011. Space science learners read an article about this event in The New York Times and then write answers to who, what, where, when,...
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Why We Send Animals to Space

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What were the first living things to travel to space? Long before humans went into orbit, scientists sent animals into space to see how space exploration would affect living things. Viewers of an interesting video learn about how animals...
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Space Transportation: Reshooting the Moon

For Teachers 8th Standards
What does it take to get stuff to the Moon? Design teams create subsystems for a space transportation system to go to the Moon. The teams study Earth transportation components along with historical space transportation systems to guide...
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Plants In Space

For Students 9th - 10th
In this biology worksheet, students grow corn plants in growth pouches as the control group in an experiment on plant growth in microgravity. Then they analyze any differences that occur between Earth-grown and space-grown corn plants.

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