Design and Invent

Activities

Space Dinner

Activity 0.3

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.

Design Your Spacesuit

Activity 0.4

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.

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.

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.

Draw Your Own ISS

Activity 3.2

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.

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.

Experimentally Yours

Activity 4.3

Curiosity makes a great scientist. This exercise invites students to design their own experiment to answer their own questions about life in space.

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.

Space Habitat

Activity 5.2

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.

Robots in Space

Activity 5.3

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.

The Journey Home

Activity 6.2

Challenge your students with this great map-making activity. This lesson compliments teaching on units of measurement, length and distance (cm, m and km) and will develop pupils' understanding of the concept of 'scale'.

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!