Extension Activity

Activities

Eatwell Plates

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.

Investigating Materials

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.

Build Your Own Soyuz

Extension Activity 1.1

This extension activity supports Time for Launch - Activity 1.1 in Chapter One.
In this activity, students learn about the two parts of the Soyuz and their functions. Students can then make their own Soyuz with either balloons, a UKSA template, or by designing their own and using craft materials. Students can examine images of the Soyuz capsule to determine which materials they should use.

Create a News Report

Extension Activity 2.2

This extension activity supports Breaking News: Activity 2.2 in Chapter Two.
Imagine you were an astronaut. What would you want to tell the world about your experiences in space? And what if you were a journalist? What questions would you ask an astronaut in an interview?
In this activity, students take on the roles of astronauts and journalist, developing questions and answers using the 'Zones of Relevance'. They can then write or record their own interviews. You could even use this activity to develop a class newspaper or journal.

Build Your Own ISS

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.

Create Your Own Solar System Model

Extension Activity 3.4

This extension activity supports The Solar System: Activity 3.4 in Chapter 3.
Creating a model of the solar system is a great way to help students learn about the different planets and understand their orbits. This activity provides a range of options for building solar system models, either in groups or individually.

Space Gardener – Get Outside and Grow!

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.

Make Your Own Water Cycle

Extension Activity 4.2

This extension activity supports Make a Splash: Activity 4.2 in Chapter Four.
Tricky concepts like evaporation and condensation are so much easier to understand when you can watch them first-hand. This activity involves a simple experiment which will help student follow and record the water cycle.

Experimentally Yours (Extension)

Extension Activity 4.3

This extension activity supports Experimentally Yours - Activity 4.3 in Chapter Four.
Time to put your experiment under the microscope! Once you've designed your experiment in Activity 4.3, examine it more closely using the provided iMat. Learn about variables, the scientific method and peer review, and practise plotting your results.

Egg Parachutes

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!