Research

Activities

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.

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.

Fast-Track Rendezvous

Activity 1.3

Understanding how the Soyuz capsule gets from launch to the ISS is a complex concept. This exercise allows children to create a visual diagram of the path Tim's Soyuz took, simplifying the concept for primary-aged children.

United in Space

Activity 2.1

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.

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.

Looking at the Earth from Space

Activity 3.3

Inspire research, discovery and writing using Tim Peake's incredible images of Earth from space as the starting point. Students will explore a gallery of photos that Tim took, then choose one to research for a Travel Blog.

Space Gardening

Activity 4.1

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!

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 a Splash in Space

Activity 4.2

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.

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.

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.

Re-entry

Activity 6.1

A simple puzzle helps students understand the complicated and dangerous process of returning to Earth from the ISS. Students can watch videos to see how the process works, and they can research space junk (space debris) which is one of the main hazards.

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!