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Astronauts and engineers must work together in this historical simulation. Great communication activity!
Small battery-powered robots tasked with cleaning up Mars' solar panels
Replicate the grappling end of the ISS' CanadArm with simple materials!
Who would you take to Mars? Plan for long-duration spaceflight and isolation.
How would you construct your Martian habitat to keep your astronauts safe from the harsh surface conditions?
Use NASA's GLOBE app to contribute to citizen science intiatives
(Egg drop) Land your Mars Rover Lander safely onto the surface!
Use Newton's laws to plan for and execute a precise landing!
Make a distance scale of the solar system. Do you know how far apart the planets are?
Use real NASA documentation to plan the landing site of Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity helicopter!
Save Mark Watney on Mars! Safely deliver a payload of essentials to a specific landing ellipse on Mars.
Analyze remote sensing images from all across the solar system and compare them to Earth's own processes.
Use different forms of technology to observe (and visit) your exoplanet! Class favorite!
Use your detective skills to match your meteorite samples to its parent-body asteroid.
What lies underneath Mars' surface? Decipher where you would land your Mars lander to set up a human settlement.
Test different space suit materials to protect your astronaut from harsh solar radiation.
Test mystery samples of liquid, brought back by the Curiosity Rover! Which one is water?
Learn what's in our wind, using commonly found materials from the house.
Learn how astronauts on the ISS recycle water! Students will build filters with easy to find supplies, and preform tests on the water to see how their filter worked.
Using mini marshmallows and toothpicks build the night sky!
Harness the sun’s energy on a hot day to make a delicious treat!
Do you have what it takes to be a NASA engineer?
Create your own windsock to determine the wind direction and strength!
Which one will warm up the water the most?
What happens if you poke a pencil through a bag of water?
What is the difference between being accurate and being precise?
Use everyday materials to build a model atom.
Apply the engineering design process to build a better rover.
Explore moons of our solar system with this NGSS middle school lesson plan from Space Foundation.
What do you see when you look into a mirror? Can you describe what is happening in terms of physics?
Create fog in the classroom with this simple demonstration!
Lead the "Build the Station Simulation" using this educator guide from NASA (gr. 5-8).
Create your own model parachute to safely land a payload on a planet.
Explore the physics concepts of mass and weight.
Build a device that can grasp objects just like humans can.
Students create a simulation for a capsule docking on the International Space Station (ISS) using the Scratch coding program.