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  • All aboard! The Water Train is leaving... Hydration Station!

    Hydrate the astronaut game

    We learned that water is the largest single component of the human body, and amazingly, our bodies are composed of 50–70% water. We understand now that drinking plenty of fluids keeps our bodies hydrated and healthy. Water helps to keep our body in top condition by giving nutrients to our cells, muscles, joints, brain, skin, kidneys, and lungs. Water also regulates our body temperature and helps our hearts function properly.

    Just as on Earth, astronauts in space must also maintain proper hydration levels. As they complete tasks on their exploration missions, whether inside or outside the spacecraft, they also need to drink plenty of fluids in order to remain hydrated and maintain their optimal health.

    Making simulated urine samples Tommaso, Giorgio, Nicolo', Elisa and Federico and their simulated urine samples Scientists Carlo, Vittorio, Alice and Paula and their simulated urine samples
  • Bones. Make those skeletons shake!

    Scientists at work observing bones!

    We learned that people need strong bones so we can complete all the physical challenges placed on our bodies while on Earth and in space. Now we have been training like astronauts for a while, we know that the longer astronauts are in space, the weaker their bones become due to a lack of gravitational force. It is important for astronauts (and us earthlings) train before, during, and after their flight in space to maintain strong bones all their lives. A diet including calcium and Vitamin D also helps astronauts maintain strong bones.

    After discussing what we already know and what we want to know, we watched some videos about bones and took notes. The we made some observations of chicken bones externally and internally. We drew diagrams and then... we created our very own bone models!

    Scientists at work observing bones! Engineers making bones! Hard at work making a bone model
  • From the Dolomite Mountains to a Martian Mountain!

    Martian Climbers!

    Hi! We are the Italian Space Cadets from Trento, Italy. We are surrounded by the beautiful Dolomite Mountains so when we heard about the challenge of climbing a Martian Mountain we were totally ready to climb to the top!

    In this activity we climbed up the bars along the side of or gym fast, slowly, backwards and forwards. This improved our body coodination and muscle tone. We then hung from the top bars like space monkeys and then jumped off! Hanging from the top strengthened our upper body muscles.

    We really liked this activity!

    Ciao from Trento.

    The Italian Space Cadets

    Bloggers: Nicco, Leonardo and Samuele

    Martian Climbers! Space monkeys! Space Monkeys!
  • Base station walkback... What a long walk!

    We are so fast that the photos are blurry!

    Hi aspiring astronauts,

    In the gym we simulated an adventure with the rover on Mars and imagined that our rover broke down. Oh no! As it would take an inifinite amount of time for a mechanic to come(!), we had to walk all the way back to our base station before our oxygen ran out.

    As the activity was about endurance, completing an activity over a long distance, we jogged around the gym for long periods of time. Then we did an activity in which we needed to sprint like Usain Bolt! We sprinted the length of the gym and then walked back. We repeated this many times. Wow, we are really getting fit!

    We are ambitious future astronauts!
    See you in space!
    The Italian Space Cadets

    Bloggers: Laraib, Agata and Marie

    Sprinting and walking back to our base station. Walking and back before our oxygen runs out!
  • WOOSH!! Lightening speed!

    Tennis balls flying around like comets! Watch out!

    The first experience we did for speed of light was in the classroom and it consisted of holding your ruler with 2 fingers and then dropping and catching it. This exercised improved our hand-eye coordination.

    The second exercise we did was tennis activities in the gym. We all had a tennis racket and in pairs we hit the ball to each other trying to improve our hand-eye coordination. This was easier said than done, lets just say the tennis balls in the gym looked like comets and asteroids wizzing through the solar system, they were flying everywhere! We must do this activity again to improve!

    The third and last activity we did to improve hand-eye coordination was play baseball. We divided the class in to two teams and we played! There was the pitcher, the fielders, and a batting team. After hitting the ball, the batter needed to run as fast as he could to touch the base. This activity definitely helped improve our hand-eye coordination, speed and precision.

    Hand-eye coordination in the classroom Hand-eye coordination in the classroom