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In this section you can find different educational resources that can be used in the classroom

Speed of Light

Your MissionIn preparation for space travel, astronauts invest many...

Agility Astro-Course

Your MissionWhen astronauts go into space and return to...

Robotic Arm

Your MissionTo help out in space, scientists have designed...

Reduced Gravtiy, Low Fat

Your MissionAs astronauts travel to the moon, Mars, and...

Astro Farmer

Your MissionAll the things we take for granted on...

Crew Assembly Training

Your MissionWhen working with objects in space, astronauts must...

Get on Your Space Cycle

Your MissionOne exercise device that is regularly used by...

Energy of an Astronaut

Your MissionAstronauts living on the International Space Station need...

Bonus Activity: Liftoff Languages

Your MissionAstronauts need brains and brawn! Using your coordination,...

Bonus Activity: Skip to the Moon

Your MissionDid you know that jumping might be a...

Taste in Space

Your MissionFor astronauts, all their food and drink needs...

Astro Food

Your MissionFood is one of the most important parts...

Space Rock-n-Roll

Your MissionIn the microgravity environment of the International Space...

Microbial Box 1

Your MissionMicrobes live everywhere, including outer space! Scientists have...

Bonus Activity: Venus Volcanoes

Your MissionVenus is the most volcanic planet in our...

2021
11/08/2021

Building an Astronaut Core

Your Mission
Astronauts in space must be able to twist, bend, lift, and carry massive objects. They must have strong core muscles so they can perform their tasks efficiently and avoid injury. In order to maintain muscle strength while in space, astronauts practice core-building activities before, during, and after their missions.
 
In this activity, your team will perform the Commander Crunch and Pilot Plank to improve the strength in abdominal and back muscles. 
 
Skills
Strength, Endurance, Balance
Learning Objectives
  • perform the Commander Crunch and Pilot Plank to improve abdominal and back muscle strength
  • record observations about improvements in core muscle strength during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Watch or stopwatch
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
10-15 minutes per class
11/08/2021

Agility Astro-Course

Your Mission
When astronauts go into space and return to Earth, they experience challenges with balance and body control due to changes in gravity. The agility course is used to measure balance, footwork skill and agility in response to gravity changes.
 
In this activity, your team will complete an agility course as quickly and as accurately as possible to improve agility, coordination and speed. 
 
Skills
Balance, Agility, Spatial Awareness, Laterality, Directionality
Learning Objectives
  • complete an agility course as quickly and as accurately as possible to improve movement skills, coordination, and speed
  • record observations about improvements in agility during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Eight marking cones, or other small, steady objects
  • Measuring tape or meter stick
  • Paper and pencil
  • Watch or stopwatch
  • (Optional) Swimming noodles 
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
15-30 minutes per class
12/08/2021

Base Station Walk-back

Your Mission
When exploring space, astronauts complete many physical tasks. When on a planetary surface, if their vehicle breaks down astronauts must be able to walk a distance of up to 10 km (6.2 mi) back to their base station. To be  physically prepared to complete their mission tasks or perform a walk-back procedure, astronauts train by running and lifting weights to improve their overall physical fitness.
 
In this activity, your team will perform a walk, progressing to 1600m (1 mi) to improve lung, heart, and other muscle endurance. 
 
Skills
Endurance, Strength, Orientation, Mobility, Spatial Awareness
Learning Objectives
  • perform a walk, progressing to 1600 m (1 mi) to improve lung, heart, and other muscle endurance
  • record observations about improvements in this walk-back physical endurance experience using their lungs, hearts, and other muscles in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Optional equipment:
    • watch or stopwatch
    • heart rate monitor
    • pedometer
    • walking wheel
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
15-30 minutes per class
12/08/2021

Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain

Your Mission

Space explorers in a far future might need to be good and stable climbers to explore mountainous landscapes on planets in our Solar System, like the impressive volcanoes on the Martian surface.

In this activity your team will perform a climb training activity on wall bars or a rock wall to improve your sense of balance and coordination and strengthen your muscles. 

 
Skills
Agility, Balance, Coordination
Learning Objectives
  • perform a climbing activity to improve balance, coordination and strengthen muscles
  • record observations about improvements in balance, coordination and strength in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Wall bars or rock wall
  • Mat for the base of the climbing wall
  • (Optional) climbing rope
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
15 minutes per class
12/08/2021

Crew Assembly Training

Your Mission
When working with objects in space, astronauts must have good dexterity and hand-eye coordination and work as a team. They must also be able to manipulate tools and objects while wearing a pressurized spacesuit that includes gloves over their hands. These gloves, worn to protect astronauts from the space environment, can be thick and bulky. Astronauts must have strong muscles and endurance to overcome the bulk and pressure inside the suit.
 
As a team you will assemble a puzzle quickly and correctly to understand the importance of dexterity and hand-eye coordination; you will also practice communication and problem-solving skills. 
 
Skills
Teamwork, Communication, Problem-solving, Dexterity, Hand-eye coordination, Endurance
Learning Objectives
  • Assemble a puzzle quickly and correctly to demonstrate the importance of dexterity and hand eye coordination while also improving communication and problem-solving skills
  • Record observations about improvements in dexterity and hand-eye coordination during this skill based experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Containers large enough to hold at least 25 labeled pieces of one floor puzzle
  • Two pairs of gloves per team member: tight fitting children’s gloves and adult size working gloves. Note: gloves can also be shared.
  • Two pieces of cardboard large enough to cover the completed puzzles
  • Marker
  • Watch or stopwatch for each team, or a clock viewable in the room
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
15-30 minutes per class
12/08/2021

Crew Strength Training

Your Mission
Astronauts must perform physical tasks in space that require strong muscles and bones. In a reduced gravity environment, muscles and bones can become weak, so astronauts must prepare by strength training. They work with strength and conditioning specialists on Earth and continue to work in space to keep their muscles and bones strong for exploration missions and discovery activities.
 
In this activity, your team will perform body-weight squats and push-ups to develop upper and lower body strength in muscles and bones. 
 
Skills
Strength, Balance, Endurance, Teamwork, Resistance
Learning Objectives
  • Perform body-weight squats and push-ups to develop upper and lower body strength in muscles and bones
  • Record observations about improvements in strength training during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Optional equipment:
    • Watch or stopwatch
    • Wall access
    • Metronome
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
15 minutes per class
17/08/2021

Explore and Discover

Your Mission
To explore the Moon and Mars, astronauts must complete the tasks of walking to collection sites, taking samples, carrying science experiments, and safely lifting objects they discover to return to base station. In order to complete this work, astronauts must physically prepare by regularly practicing activities such as walking, running, swimming, and lifting weights.
 
In this activity, your team will safely carry weighted objects from the Exploration Area back to your Base Station to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness. 
 
Skills
Strength, Endurance, Teamwork, Coordination
Learning Objectives
  • Safely carry weighted objects from the Exploration Area back to your Base Station to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness
  • Record observations about improvements in aerobic and anaerobic fitness during this physical experience in their Mission Journal
Equipment
  • 12 stress balls (a small object or ball students can squeeze in their palm)
  • 30 balls in five different weights and sizes, such as:
    • six tennis balls
    • six softballs
    • six soccer balls
    • six six basketballs
    • six softballs
    • six large yoga balls
  • 3 hula hoops
  • A watch, 6 stopwatches, or clock with a second hand to take heart rate.
  • Optional equipment:
    • heart rate monitor
    • pedometer
    • markers to write space object names on balls
    • six six basketballs
    • masking tape to write space object names on balls
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
30-45 minutes per class
18/08/2021

Planet You Go, Gravity You Find

Your Mission
Astronauts’ training takes into account the influence of gravity because during their mission they will be in a free-fall microgravity environment. When astronauts are back on Earth after a six-month stay on the International Space Station, they feel tired, as if everything is extremely heavy. Astronauts need to train to get acquainted again with Earth’s gravity and do that using medicine balls to strengthen their muscles.
 
In this activity, your team will perform the same exercise with balls of different weights, as if you were in different gravitational conditions, to strengthen arm and torso muscles, and improve coordination.
 
Skills
Strength, Coordination, Stabilisation, Teamwork
Learning Objectives
  • Perform a physical activity that will improve coordination, core and arm muscles
  • Record observations about improvements in coordination and core and arm muscle strength during this experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • 3 balls with different weights, e.g:
    • 1 kg (2 lbs)
    • 1.5 kg (3 lbs)
    • 2.5 kg (6 lbs)
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
10-15 minutes per class
18/08/2021

Jump for the Moon

Your Mission
On Earth, your weight on your bones provides a constant stress. You maintain your bone strength by doing regular daily activities like standing, walking, and running! In space, astronauts float – unloading that important stress and weakening their bones. Therefore they depend on nutritionists and strength and conditioning specialists to plan food menus and physical activities that will help them keep their bones as strong as possible while in space.
 
In this activity your team will perform jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving, to increase bone strength and to improve heart and other muscle endurance.
 
Skills
Coordination, Balance, Endurance
Learning Objectives
  • Perform jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving, to increase bone strength and to improve heart and other muscle endurance
  • Record observations about improvements in stationary and moving jump training during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Jump rope (one per student)
  • Watch or stopwatch
  • Optional equipment:
    • heart rate monitor
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
15-25 minutes per class
18/08/2021

Mission: Control!

Your Mission
During and after space flight, astronauts have challenges with balance and spatial awareness. Through astronaut reconditioning, when they return to Earth, they relearn how to use their eyes, inner ear, and muscles to help control body movement.
 
In this activity your team will perform throwing and catching techniques on one foot to improve balance and spatial awareness. 
 
Skills
Balance, Coordination, Stability,  Reaction-time, Teamwork
Learning Objectives
  • Perform throwing and catching techniques on one foot to improve balance and spatial awareness
  • Record observations about improvements in balance and spatial awareness during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Practice:
    • tennis ball (one per student)
    • watch or stopwatch (one per student)
  • Game: gym ball or similar sized/weighted ball (at least one per group)
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
 15 minutes per class

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