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What's Out There? Space Shuttle Exploration and Simulation
5th - 9th
Students simulate life in space aboard the space shuttle. In this space exploration instructional activity, students work in small groups to model life aboard the space shuttle. Each student is given a job, conducts Internet research on...
Bill Nye: How Not to Get Lost in Space
2 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Can we use the stars to navigate if we're actually among them? Space-age scholars explore the precise planning that goes into long-distance exploratory missions using a video from THNKR's Why with Bill Nye! playlist. Bill Nye explains...
Transportation and Space: Reuse and Recycle
10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What can I use in space? The three-lesson unit has groups research what man-made or natural resources would be available during space exploration or habitation. Team members think of ways that resources can be reclaimed or reused in...
Bill Nye Explains the Earth Fly By
3 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do we learn more about the planets in our solar system? Bill Nye discusses the Juno space probe during an interesting video as part of the THNKR Why with Nye! playlist. Topics include how scientists launched the probe, how NASA used...
Mission: Possible—How Can We Plan an Exploration of Another World?
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
An astronaut's spacesuit weighs 280 pounds and takes 45 minutes to put on — that's a serious suit! The second activity of a three-part series allows pupils to see all that goes into space exploration. Through simulations, groups analyze...
Space Elevator – Science Fiction or the Future of Mankind?
7 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
In 1895, Konstantin Tiolkovsky proposed the concept of a space elevator. It's now over 100 years later and scientists working toward the concept still aren't sure it is possible. The video explains the concept, the benefit, and the many...
How Curiosity Got Us to Mars
6 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Curiosity is the desire to learn or know, and it is also the name of the rover that landed on Mars in 2012. Mohawk-sporting Bobak Ferdowsi, a NASA engineer also discusses how and why we study Mars. He provides facts about the rover and...
How Computers Revolutionized Space Travel
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed
The first space travel relied on Newton's laws of motion rather than computer functions. While the trip was successful, computer innovations change the capabilities of space travel. A video presentation from the SciShow Space series...
Satellites, Shuttles, and Space Stations: Satellites in Orbit
6th - 8th
Blast off! How do satellites, space shuttles, and space stations escape Earth's gravity and achieve orbit? Young astronauts study rocket science (literally) with an interactive lesson. They discover the four main uses for satellites, how...
Space, Gravity, and the Human Body
5th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What happens to the human skeleton when it has been in space for an extended time? What does a reduced-gravity environment do to our bodies? Can we learn about our own skeletons by taking apart a chicken carcass? Explore the concepts of space and human physiology through a series of labs, lessons, and research in these 10 resources. Pick and choose or do all of them!
Why is NASA Sending a Spacecraft to a Metal World?
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Can we journey to outer space to learn more about inner Earth? Discover the method to NASA's madness with an enlightening short video. The narrator explains the composition of the asteroid the resource is studying, what scientists hope...