Other Space and Science-Based Activities:
1. Space Disorientation
Activity (Barany Chair) (60 mins. in length,
To help students gain a better understanding
of how astronauts can have their perceptions and sense of motion
affected by living and working in microgravity in space, students
first participate in a demonstration using Vision-Shift goggles.
This allows them to see how the brain adjusts when the senses
are altered. Then students participate in a demonstration using
our Barany Chair, received through a NASA education grant. Students
are seated in the chair and outfitted with vision- and hearing-restricting
goggles and earphones. They are then spun in the chair to see
how their bodies perceive illusions of movement in the "wrong
direction" when the sense of motion is the dominant sensory
2. Space Station Assembly Activity (70-80 mins.
in length, all ages)
Experience the fun and excitement of assembling
the three modules of our special Space Station. We guide your
students as they work in teams to assemble each individual module.
The teams then work together to connect all three units. To simulate
construction in space, workers are tethered to each other and
the modules as they are built. Dropped parts are "lost in
space" and can't be recovered! Assembly requires 3-4 groups
of 5 to 8 "construction workers" each and a room at
least 30 feet by 20 feet in size. The Space Station modules are
constructed of plastic pipes and connectors, with enhancements.
(Can be done off-site)
3. Air Rocket Construction and Launch Activity
(50-60 minutes, all ages)
Students build a rocket out of thick stock
paper, taking into account principles of aerodynamics and flight.
Then the group goes outside where a CLC staff member operates
an air compressor and the students launch their rockets with our
air-powered rocket launchers. Each group observes the previous
group's launch result and makes adjustments to the launch angle
for height, wind direction, etc. Groups compete for distance and
accuracy (a bull's-eye target in the field next to our building).
Many safety measures are in place to ensure a safe and fun activity.
(Can be done off-site)
4. Choose the Crew Activity (45 mins., middle
school & older)
Students are given information about ten
anonymous astronaut candidates for a potential crew for a manned
Mars mission. They read the history and personality characteristics
of the candidates and then select their top four choices. The
CLC staff then leads a guided discussion about what characteristics
are desirable for a Mars Crew. At the end, it is revealed that
the candidate profiles are based on well-known people (John Glenn,
Marie Curie, etc.). (Can be done off-site)
5. Marsbound Activity (60-70
mins., middle school & older)
This is a card-based activity developed
by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and Arizona State Univ. Students
are broken into teams of 4 each. Each team is designing a Mars
Rover or Lander. The team can choose from "trading cards"
representing different systems of the rover or lander such as
booster rocket, power systems, communications systems, CPU, etc.
They are given constraints such as safety, reliability, budget,
size & weight. The cards are placed on a design board. Here
is a description of the activity from the Teacher Guide: "This
activity uses the excitement of Mars exploration as the 'hook'
to get students interested in the process of design, engineering
and technology." (Can be done off-site)
6. Additional Space Activities for Younger Students (15-30
mins. ea., elementary school)
Additional activities for younger students
include the Egg Drop, Newton's Third Law (with balloons), Build
a Space Station out of Household Items, Space Jingo, and many
7. Additonal Space- and Science-Related Activities
(15-20 mins. each, all ages)
Additional activities incluce
themes such as Eating In Space, Sleeping in Space, Fire In Space,
etc. An example of one of these activity blocks involves considering
how the body undergoes various chemical and physical changes in
space. To examine one type of change, students carefully fill
beakers with water to the brim. Then they slowly add teaspoons
of salt until the water spills over the brim. It is possible to
get several spoonfuls of salt into the water before there is a
spill. They also fill out a worksheet where they go down a list
of different types of changes (car crash, wood burning, ice melting,
etc.) and must identify each change by type (chemical, physical,
Call (210) 534-8398 for pricing, scheduling, or additional
information on any activities..