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Green Strides for Solar Energy Archived Webinar

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: July 16, 2013

This archived webinar will introduce participants to a Problem-based Learning Activity (PBL) that requires students to propose and defend a design to provide power to a lunar or Martian research habitat for six explorers. To prepare, students will investigate the variables that affect the operation of solar panels, learn about energy, power, and circuits, design a solar energy system to meet the power requirements for their own homes, and learn about the solar panels and energy use on the ISS.

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Views: 2076
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Engineering Careers PPT

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: October 08, 2012

This powerpoint was created by Sandra Kaszynski to cover the various types of engineering careers open to students and what these types of engineering are. Sandra is an Aerospace Education Specialist for NASA.

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MarsBound! Game PowerPoint Introduction

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-10)

Uploaded: September 12, 2012

This PowerPoint presentation serves as a visual introduction to the engineering design simulation game created by the ASU Mars Education program and funded by JPL. The presentation will show the game board and cards with guidelines required to complete a mission. The url for the newest edition of the game documents is located at: http://marsed.asu.edu/lesson_plans/marsbound

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Element14 Engineering Aerospace Community Website

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Uploaded: August 06, 2012

Element14 is a place where engineers can connect on issues, challenges and questions. The website features blogs, discussion boards, news, video tutorials and much more. There is also a section specific to students http://www.element14.com/community/community/academia.

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Views: 1708
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The Tired Dog Whisperer

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: July 25, 2012

This PowerPoint presentation outlines an engineering design problem for students in elementary school.

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Views: 2556
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Curiosity Video 7 Minutes of Terror from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Media Player Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: June 23, 2012

This is the latest video explaining how the rover will decend into the Martian atmosphere and land on Mars on August 5, 2012 @ 10:31pm PST. This is what we hope happens!

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Views: 3380
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Sandy Armstrong PPT - K B

Presentation in PDF format (Grade Level: 5-10)

Uploaded: May 23, 2012

This is the ppt used for her group of pre service teachers on May 11, 2012.

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Views: 1662
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NASA eClips: Collecting Data from Mars Using ARES

Media Player Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video explores the manner in which data can be collected from the planet Mars using the ARES program.

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SciFiles: The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-8)

Uploaded: April 11, 2012

The NASA SCI Files™ is designed to enhance and enrich existing curriculum.Two to three days of class time are suggested for each segment to fully use video, resources, activities and websites listed in each segment. Dozens of books with ISBN numbers are listed in relation to the topic, along with dozens of websites for integrating technology with these lessons. Visit this external link for the video download links, which are archived at the Teacher Link provided by Utah State University: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASASCIfiles/index.html

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Views: 3266
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Constructing and testing the Ring Wing Glider

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the Ring Wing flying model. They test fly this vehicle and determine how they might be able to add control surfaces to adjust the flight pattern of this model. Download the Designing the 21st Century Aerospace Vehicle bookmark from Utah State University’s "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu/tinasa username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: Other NASA Print Resources Select: NASA Bookmarks and Trading Cards

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Constructing the X-33

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the proposed X–33. Measurements of each surface and comparisons to the full-scale versions introduce students to scale model concepts. Download the X-Plane Generation activity guide and video from Utah State University's "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASAConnect/index.html username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: NASA Video & Multimedia

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Aerodynamics of Baseball

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Hit Modeler Simulator program: With this software, you can study how far a baseball will travel after it is hit by a bat by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. These are the same forces that generate the drag of an aircraft wing. Curveball Simulator program: With this software you can study how a big league pitcher throws a curveball by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. Values include the pitch speed, wind and weather conditions. These are the same forces that generate the lift of an aircraft wing.

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Views: 1464
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Vectoring

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Discover how vectoring the thrust from a jet engine affects movement of an airplane. Create a paper airplane powered by a balloon and determine direction of thrust.

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Views: 1472
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Density Cubes

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 14 To determine the density of different metals. Activity Overview: Using mathematics, students will determine the density of differing metals by first calculating each one’s mass and size, then solving as required.

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Material Comparisons

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 8 Objective: By calculating the samples’ densities, students will discover that a material’s density does not correspond to its strength. Activity Overview: In this activity, students will determine the mass, volume and density of two samples, spruce and carbon iber. Students should discover that although the carbon fiber is less dense, it is clearly a stronger material than the spruce wood.

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Views: 1169
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Wind Tunnel Activity for Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Build a simple wind tunnel for testing small objects.

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Views: 1464
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Rotor Motor

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

In this activity, students make paper models that imitate the rotation of the rotor blades of a helicopter. Using tape from an audio or videocassette, students determine the number of rotations of the model as it falls through the air.

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Views: 1055
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Can You Make a Shoebox Fly?

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will research the dynamics and forces of flight and apply their understanding of flight to the design, construction, and test flight of a shoebox based glider. This can be done as a stand-alone activity or as part of NASA Digital Learning Network.

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Views: 1859
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Right Flight

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This activity challenges students to learn about basic aircraft design and explore the effects of weight and balance on the flight characteristics of a model glider. Students use science process skills to construct and fly a glider made from a foam food tray.

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Views: 1110
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Launch It

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will follow the design process to design and build a rocket from a straw to hit a target consistently. This activity is from the Design Squad.

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Views: 1115
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Intro to Engineering Video

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This short video gives students a short introduction to engineering and engineers. As a suggestions, have students write a journal entry about what engineering is or what do they think of when they hear the term engineer before watching the video and then discuss the questions as a class and have students review their original journal entry.

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Views: 977
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How to Keep Gelatin from Melting

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Students will design and build a platform that will be placed on top of a heat source. A 6 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm cube of gelatin will be placed on the platform, with a thermometer inserted in it. The goal is to keep the temperature inside the cube as cool as possible and prevent the gelatin from melting.

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Views: 1904
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My Spacecraft to Saturn

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Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This activity presents an engineering challenge based on the science information students now have on Saturn and Cassini. Engineering is the subject of taking ideas from scientists and designing and building instruments and spacecraft to travel in space and test the ideas of scientists. This fun activity highlights the creative side of the design process.

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Views: 1225
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Our World: Designing a Shower Clock

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-9)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Our World: Designing a Shower Clock allows students to think and act like engineers and scientists as they follow the five steps of the Design Process to successfully complete a team challenge. Within this work, students design, measure, build, test and re-design a shower clock. Once the shower clock is built, students discuss ways to conserve and recycle water.

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Views: 1615
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Exploring Strange New Worlds

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-12)

Uploaded: October 05, 2011

This activity is a simulation of the progression of missions employed by NASA to collect observations and research exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Participants become members of a research team that makes observations on three modeled alien worlds. The first observations are the simplest viewing at a distance and progressively collect more data by moving closer to the planets and using advanced technologies, until they ultimately collect a sample of the planet they are observing.

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Views: 1319
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Engineering Design Challenges-PPT_Susan Kohler

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: July 26, 2011

By structuring these STEM activities around real-world engineering applications, these STEM engineering challenge activities are effective, innovative ways to engage students in the engineering design process, encourage their interest in space exploration, and inspire them to pursue a career in engineering. The activities are related to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions. The guide brings hands-on engineering and the adventure of space exploration to life for students. This power point includes: "Touchdown", "Launch It" from the On the Moon Guide and "Heavy Lifting" from the Rocket Guide.

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NASA Spin Off Promo w/ Dwayne Johnson

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: 3-9)

Uploaded: July 25, 2011

This is a short video that quickly demonstrates the applications of NASA Technology for improving our lives here on Earth. Dwayne Johnson, athlete and actor, is featured in this video in connection to his vocal acting role in Planet 51 animated movie.

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Space Operations Learning Center

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

A set of four online training units on Space Communications, Flight Dynamics, Information Processing, and Mission Operations. There are also three lower elementary modules.

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I Want To Hold Your Hand

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students construct a robotic, human-like hand and demonstrate how grasping occurs and how data is collected when using robotic technology.

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Views: 1086
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End Effector

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students will learn how the end effectors works in the robotic arms used onboard the space shuttle and the International Space Station. Students will design and construct a grapple fixture that will enable the end effector to pick up object.

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Views: 1351
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On Target

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Modify a paper cup so it can zip down a line and drop a marble onto a target. In this challenge, kids follow the engineering design process to: (1) modify a cup to carry a marble down a zip line; (2) attach a string to tip the cup; (3) test their cup by sliding it down the zip line, releasing the marble, and trying to hit a target on the floor; and (4) improve their system based on testing results.

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Views: 1059
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Balloon Staging

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Two inflated balloons are joined in a way that simulates a multistage rocket launch as they slide along a fishing line on the thrust produced by escaping air.

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Aerogel-lo, Technology For Studying Comets: Part 3 Aerogel

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This activity offers a simple approach for “experiencing” aerogel. Aerogel is an amazing feat of technology that was used by the STARDUST spacecraft to capture high-velocity interstellar dust and particles from the coma of comet Wild 2. This demonstration uses gelatin and pellets to show how STARDUST’s aerogel collector captured comet particles. The gelatin is referred to as “aerogel-lo.” The activity starts on page 9 of the document.

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Views: 1190
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Future Flight Design - The Design Center

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

In this section of the Future Flight Design website, students pick one of three aircraft designs and by choosing a variety of construction variables, the aircraft performance is evaluated.

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Future Flight Design - The Design Laboratory

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students will be introduced to the basic design concepts of aeronautics by progressing through the following interactive labs: fuselage lab, propulsion lab, aeronautics lab, CFD lab, and wind tunnel lab. The basic design challenge has students testing and gathering data for one of four different paper airplanes.

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Hot Air Balloon Activity

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

The Hot Air Balloon activity is found on page 40 of the Aeronautics Educator Guide. Students will learn that heat can change air, and the hot air rises. They will also build a working model of a hot air balloon.

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Views: 1126
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Exploration Then and Now-Human Needs

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This activity investigates human needs and how humans adapt to new environments. Students experiment to understand the effects of physical stress on muscles. They also identify food properties that make foods suitable for space flight and travel during colonial times. Using the new food-guide pyramid, students create a food and activity plan for healthy eating and then modify this plan based upon what they learn about past and present exploration.

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Views: 919
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NASA's BEST Engineering

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Uploaded: June 20, 2011

NASA's BEST Engineering has developed a series of activities and videos for use by teachers to introduce concepts important to understanding basic engineering skills. This web site within the Goddard Science Visualization Studios posts the current BEST Engineering videos available for download in multiple formats.

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Views: 971
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Build A Solar Oven

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

An engineering Design Challenge to design and build a solar box cooker, and test it out to see if it works well enough to make S ‘mores.

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Views: 1166
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Cool Suits

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity engages students in testing and analyzing the relationship between reflection/absorption and color of the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit. Also for this activity, have the students observe the NASA’s 21st Century Explorer 30-second newsbreak, “How will your imagination help you become an explorer?” Download the newsbreak at http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/explorers/p12.html

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Views: 962
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Keeping Your Cool

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity demonstrates the principle behind the operation of the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit liquid cooling garment.

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Views: 881
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Detecting Planet Transits

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-8)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students model NASA's Kepler mission observations of planetary transits (a planet moving in front of a star) by standing in a circle with model star (light bulb) in the center, and observing, through rolled up paper viewing tubes, a "bead" planet orbiting the star.

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Views: 1173
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Mars Bound

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will be introduced to the design process, engineering, and technology. Students will learn that the design process is not a simple linear progression from one step to the next resulting in a finished product. Although there are steps, the design process is an iterative one: designing, modifying, testing, and redesigning until a finished product is made. A central tenet of engineering, however, is that there is no such thing as a “perfect design.”

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Views: 1307
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Out of Sight Activity

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students attempt to operate a remote control vehicle without being able to see it directly.

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Views: 1112
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NASA Mission Simulator

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students will use NASA Web-based simulators to follow sequenced directions and complete ordered tasks while learning how the shuttle is made ready for flight, how the shuttle docks with the International Space Station, how the shuttle lands, and how NASA retrieves the solid rocket boosters. They are designed to be done by an individual student or small group at a computer workstation.

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Views: 830
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Roving on the Moon

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students will design and build a rubber band-powered moon rover that can scramble across the room. This activity is from the Design Squad Challenges.

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Views: 1173
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Crew Exploration Vehicle Design Challenge

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students will design and build a Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) that will carry two cm-sized passengers safely and to meet the following constraints: 1. Safely carry two little plastic people. You must design and build a secure seat for these people, without gluing or taping them in place. The people should stay in their seats during a Drop Test from over your head. 2. Create a hatch that can open and close on your vehicle. 3. Fit within the 4” mailing tube provided (or the size constraints as indicated).

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Views: 1143
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Space Place: Make a Balloon-powered Nanorover!

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Design and build a robotic rover with cardboard or styrofoam meat tray and a balloon.

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Touchdown Challenge

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students will design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land.

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Views: 1430
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Thermal Protection Systems Challenge

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

This activity challenges students to solve a real-world problem that is part of the space program while learning about heat and heat transfer.

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Views: 1200
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Spacecraft Structures

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

In this challenge, students will undertake the problem of designing a strong but lightweight thrust structure that can withstand the launch of a bottle rocket by means of a wooden lever. By using simple materials such as craft sticks, cardboard, and a hot-melt glue, students strive to make their structure lighter while maintaining its strength. The goal is to construct a launcher that can withstand the force of repeatedly launching a one-kilogram bottle of water one meter into the air. This activity challenges your students to solve a real-world problem that is part of the space program using creativity, cleverness, and scientific knowledge, while learning about forces, structures, and energy transfer.

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Views: 1180
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The Sled Kite

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students construct and fly the basic sled kite design to understand the forces of flight and how kites were used to better understand aircraft control.

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Views: 1168
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TunnelSys Simulator

URL (Grade Level: 7-12)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate the design, testing, and post-processing of a wing model in a wind tunnel. TunnelSys is a series of three Java computer programs which students can use to explore the process of wind tunel testing. In wind tunnel testing, an engineer must first design and build a wind tunnel model with all of the appropriate instrumentation included. The model is then placed in the tunnel test section and air is blown over the model. Different diagnostic techniques may be employed during a wind tunnel test and the instrumentation records the desired information for the model designer. The engineer who conducts the wind tunnel test is not normally the same person who designed the model, but someone who is a specialist at wind tunnel operation. The data from the test then goes to a third engineer who performs the necessary data reduction and produces performance plots for the initial engineer.

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Views: 958
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AtmosModeler Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate changes in the atmosphere and its effects on aerodynamic variables.

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Views: 1191
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FoilSim III Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate how an aircraft wing produces lift and drag by changing the values of different factors that affect lift and the factors that affect drag.

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