Every astronaut needs a spacesuit to keep them safe. With digital and multimedia resources provided, students will research the types of spacesuits astronauts need, and the features they include, then they will design their own suit.
Imagining they are astronauts, students will write a newspaper article about their first day in space. They will research other news reports on TV, radio, the internet and newspapers to look at different types of storytelling.
The ISS is an extremely complex structure and at first glance it can be intimidating. This activity simplifies the design of the ISS by getting students to focus on the different shapes within it, and looking at what those shapes do.
Extension Activity 3.1
This extension activity supports Your New Home: Activity 3.1 in Chapter Three.
This group activity asks students to work in teams, building different components of the ISS which can be joined together to make a complete model.
Time to draw a diagram of the ISS and reinforce the learning from Activity 3.1. Students will complete a dot-to-dot then, create a colour code and then colour their drawing.
Explore the Solar System, learning about the weather and conditions on each one. Students will colour the planets and write weather reports and you can extend the activity to make models too.
After completing the Solar System activity students can create their own imaginary space habitat. They will need to choose a real planet and make sure their home and resources are suitable for the conditions on that planet.
Humans need robots to do some of the jobs that are too difficult, or too dangerous, for astronauts. This lessons invites students to research the kinds of robots that are used, what they do, and then design their own.
Extension activity 6.2
This extension activity supports The Journey Home: Activity 6.2 in Chapter Six.
Challenge your future engineers! Can your students come up with a parachute design which keeps an egg from cracking when it lands? Provide them with a range of craft materials to see what they can create!