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Antacid Tablet Race

Antacid Tablet Race

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In this activity, students investigate how increasing the surface area of a chemical increases its reaction rate. Students will compare the reaction rates when a whole antacid tablet and a crushed tablet are added to separate beakers of water.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
Aerospace Education Services Program, Oklahoma State University
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Build a Solar Oven

Build a Solar Oven

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In this STEM lesson, students will participate in 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.

Subject:
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) / Aerospace Education Service
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Cool Spacesuits
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Cool Spacesuits

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In this STEM activity, students are enabled to demonstrate, test, and analyze materials utilized in spacesuits to keep astronauts cool in the harsh environment of space. They will demonstrate the water cooling technology used in the International Space Station (ISS) Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). Students will also test and make an analysis of the relationship between reflection/absorption and color.

Subject:
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Date Added:
03/23/2017
Heavy Lifter

Heavy Lifter

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In this STEM lesson, students follow the engineering design process to design and build a crane out of cardboard. They will determine methods to reinforce the crane's arms so it doesn't collapse under a heavy load. This activity is based on Robotics applications.

Subject:
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) / Aerospace Education Service Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Heavy Lifting Air Engines
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Heavy Lifting Air Engines

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In this STEM lesson, students use balloons to demonstrate concepts applied by jet and rocket engines to supply thrust for movement. They will observe how unequal pressure creates power, explain how air power can help airplanes fly, and construct a working model of an air engine-balloon-powered rocket to launch the greatest payload possible to the classroom ceiling.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Date Added:
03/23/2017
Learning the "Wright" Way to Fly!
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Learning the "Wright" Way to Fly!

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In this STEM lesson, students will construct three different kite models and predict the most effective design. They will design and test an aircraft given several parameters and explain how early flight was influenced by kites. This lesson uses the online NASA CONNECT: The "Wright" Math Educator Guide and the NASA Aeronautics Activity Guide; and the Sled Kite activity to help students learn how the Wright brothers developed controllable aircraft by understanding, constructing, and testing different designs.

Subject:
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Date Added:
03/23/2017
Nose Cone Aerodynamics

Nose Cone Aerodynamics

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In this STEM activity, students will compare the aerodynamic features of different nose cone designs. They will experiment with different nose cone shapes to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Conic, parabolic and flat shapes will be tested to determine which is most aerodynamic.

Subject:
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) / Aerospace Education Service
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Spacecraft Structures

Spacecraft Structures

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In this STEM activity, students are challenged 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. 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.

Subject:
Physical Science
Physics
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
Aerospace Education Service Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Spaghetti Anyone? Building with Pasta

Spaghetti Anyone? Building with Pasta

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In this STEM activity, students use the engineering design process to build a structure to handle the greatest load. They also gain first-hand experience with compression and tension forces when they test the factors affecting the strength and stability of a structure. Using the design process, students will identify the problem, brainstorm, design, buiild, test, and share their solutions. Lastly, they will measure and record the strength and amount of weight the structure will hold.

Subject:
Physics
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) / Aerospace Education Service Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Thermal Protection Systems Challenge

Thermal Protection Systems Challenge

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In this STEM activity, students are challenged to solve a real-world problem that is part of the space program while learning about heat and heat transfer. Students will observe a design before and after testing, and pick out the-key features as they apply the design process to a problem. In the challenge, students will build a structure from aluminum foil and copper screening that will protect a model of the Ares launch vehicles from the heat of a propane torch for as long as possible. Students will document their designs with sketches and written descriptions. As a culmination students compile their results into a poster and present them to the class.

Subject:
Physical Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Water Filtration System

Water Filtration System

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In this STEM lesson, students are challenged to create and test a water filtering system. The STEM activities in this lesson focus on water recovery and management. Students will design and build a water filtration device, test the device, make observations, and collect data. They will collaborate as they analyze results and attempt to idenity the best filter media to use. Based on their analysis and on study of other filtration devices, they will make modifications to their model and repeat the process in an effort to produce the most effective filtration apparatus possible. Lastly, students will compare individual results and communicate their results to the larger community.

Subject:
Physical Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) / Aerospace Education Service Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019