Lesson Plan

Balloon Astronaut

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Design protection from high-speed particles. The STEM lesson plan highlights why astronauts need protection from space debris. Pupils use the design process to design, build, and test a spacesuit that will protect a balloon from a falling nail. At the end of the lesson, participants present their designs and reflect on their strategies and the science behind them.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Demonstrate how a small object can cause damage by quickly puncturing a potato with a straw
  • Develop a rubric with the class to rate the protection
Classroom Considerations
  • Wear safety goggles while testing
  • Includes possible resources to hook the class
  • Contains extensions to bring in more advanced science concepts
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