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Home NASA Connections America's Spaceport: John F. Kennedy Space Center

America's Spaceport: John F. Kennedy Space Center

Grade Level K-4, 5-8, 9-12, Informal Education, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Matter Physical Science, Math
Target Audience Students
Event Focus Imagine that you are strapped into the Space Shuttle, and the countdown clock is ticking... 10, 9, 8, 7. When the clock hits zero at liftoff, 7.5 million pounds of thrust are going to propel the shuttle somewhere. What if the vehicle were not properly prepared for its mission?
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John F. Kennedy Space Center has launched ALL U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions. Preparing a vehicle to liftoff into space requires a special location, massive facilities, unique equipment and tools, and a world-class workforce.

Participants in this DLN event discover just what it takes to prepare a vehicle for space through hands-on activities.? They also use age-appropriate mathematical calculations to more fully understand related processes.

Instructional Objectives

K-4: Students participating in \"America\'s Spaceport\" will point out the nose cone and fins of a rocket with 100 % accuracy and compare 5 rockets by size from tallest to shortest. Students also discover how many of their classmates combined in a one square yard area can expand to fill the Vehicle Assembly building to within one whole student.

5-8: Students participating in \"America\'s Spaceport\" will compare their height to the Vehicle Assembly Building to the nearest inch, calculate the area of the VAB to the nearest student, and compare their weight to the weight of the Crawler-Transporter to the nearest pound.

9-12: Students participating in \"America\'s Spaceport\" will explain the possible impact zone of a rocket launch failure at one and two meters distances to the nearest percent. Students will also solve 3 out of 3 first-order linear equations related to launch ground operations.

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Written by: Damon Talley On: 16 Jul 2009
Thanks for all of the knid words.  I truly enjoy teaching and I'm glad it shows.

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Written by: Jim Dolan On: 27 May 2009
I personally do not assign grades.  There are plenty of pre and post suggested activities provided by NASA.  Don't re-invent the wheel. 

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Written by: Bob Hostetler On: 26 May 2009
Do you assign grades? What kind of written materials do you have the students do?

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Don't Miss It!
Written by: Kim Hettinger On: 03 May 2009
Can't praise this presentation enough. After 20+ visits, I still find it fascinating! Damon keeps a great pace, with lots of opportunity for interaction. The kids are mezmorized the entire hour! What really makes it special is the mix of topics and exploration, facility detils, space travel history, science experiments, math problems, mixed with a touch of wildlife. It's awesome!

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Written by: Jennifer McCarthy On: 30 Apr 2009
I have participated in many videoconferences and this by far is the BEST!  Damon is terrific.  He encourages each child to share their name, and then he refers back to them when answering their questions and even later on in different parts of the presentation.  I was very impressed, because he had done a little research on our school before, so he got the kids involved by asking them questions about their school and the area they live in.  He gives plenty of time for students to ask question.  The content is great.  Damon really breaks everything down so that every child can understand it.  SUPER!  I would highly recommend this videoconference to everyone.

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Written by: Jim Dolan On: 30 Apr 2009

Hi Bob,

I teach grades 3 & 4(I am the computer resource teacher in my building).  I used this videoconfernece with my 4th grade classes.  It is a great entension to one of their science kits.

These videoconferences book up in advance so book one as soon as you can.  Pick a date and time and worry about the scheduling details later.

Feel free to e-mail me any other questions

I have been conducting videoconference for 7 years now and the NASA videoconferences are at the top of my list and my favorite.


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Written by: Bob Hostetler On: 29 Apr 2009
Jim-What grade do you teach? Any pointers for me doing this next year? How do you assign grades?

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Fantastic Videoconference!!!!
Written by: Jim Dolan On: 29 Apr 2009

This is a fantastic videoconference.  I highly recommend it.  Mr. Talley, the presenter is exceptional.  He keeps the kids engaged.  Even after an hour, the kids wanted more.  He was also able to digitally capture the event so I could post it on our website. 

 Get out there and schedule an event!  Excellent!!!!!!

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