It's gardening time! Use the Zappar App to find out about the 10 foods that scientists can grow in space and choose one to research. If you have a gardening programme at your school or home perhaps you can incorporate a space garden!
Water is scarce on board the ISS and an intricate recycling systems allows astronauts to reuse every drop. Students will research and draw a lifecycle of a water droplet on the ISS.
A 10-question quiz about what happens to the human body in space. The final question is one the students must make up themselves to test their peers. Students will learn about their own bodies and the impact that a low-gravity environment will have on the human body. This activity also includes an augmented-reality app which can be downloaded free, and students can use to check their answers.
Students will plan and draw a space dinner using the Eatwell food plate as a guide for choosing healthy options. Learn about health and nutrition and also about how astronauts make and consume food when in space. Students can also use the Zappar app to watch a video of Tim Peake making scrambled eggs on board the International Space Station.
Extension Activity 0.3
This activity supports Space Dinner (Activity 0.3 of the Pre-launch Chapter).
Learn the seven food groups, what they do and why they are important. This activity contains three sub-activities which will help students learn about health while practising their literacy skills.
Extension activity 0.4
This activity supports Design your Spacesuit, Activity 0.4 in the Pre-launch Chapter.
Put on your lab coats, Space Apprentices! This activity asks children to investigate different materials, while they research the best insulator for a spacesuit. Students learn about recording and assessing results, as well as developing graphing skills. Students can investigate three different materials to determine which is most suitable for keeping astronauts safe in extreme temperatures.
It's time to find out about fellow astronauts and research the countries who have been to the ISS. Students will research a chosen country and create a card to highlight the key points. They will learn about how information can be presented in different ways, for example in long form or short form.
Extension Activity 4.1
This extension activity supports Space Gardening: Activity 4.1 in Chapter Four.
Planting seeds and monitoring their growth is not only fun but helps students practise scientific recording. If you have access to a school or community garden, or can set up some planter boxes, challenge your students to grow some of the plants most suitable for gardening in space.