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Humans in Space

Grade Level K-4, 5-8, 9-12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Matter Physical Science
Target Audience Students
Event Focus You have just been selected as the next astronaut to spend six months on the International Space Station. How is your day-to-day life going to be different? What changes are you going to have to deal with living in space?
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This event focuses on the living environment in space. Participants of this event learn what it is like to live and work in space. Physiological, physical, and mental challenges are presented and participants are asked to suggest solutions to problems that astronauts living in space must overcome.
Instructional Objectives
  • 100% of the participants will know that living in space involves living in a microgravity environment.
  • At least 75% of the participants will be able to list two physical changes that your body will undergo during an extended stay in space.
  • At least 75% of the participants will be able to contrast procedures that must be followed to be able to eat, drink, and sleep in space compared to those on earth.
  • At least 50% of the participants will choose a specific aspect of living in space to investigate.

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Life Science
Written by: Sandy Scharf On: 31 May 2009
I loved this presentation and so did my students.  We all learned a lot of information we did not know before.  Topics covered were interesting to the students and gave them a real insight as to the daily routine of the astronauts in the space station.  Clips were great and info given throughout was wonderful.  We really enjoyed this one.

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Humans in space
Written by: Vallerie THOMAS JEFFERSON On: 27 May 2009

My kids where very exited to see the VC about humans in space but I was a little concerned about it, considering a teach 6-7year old kids who’s second language is English.  I was absolutely happy with the results; the VC was fun, interesting and with all those videos they easily understood. 

 Another thing that I liked was how they answered every question they had. Thanks a lot.

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Humans in Space
Written by: Joanne van Empel On: 27 May 2009

I would like to add to the comment of my colleague from Instituto Thomas Jefferson Querétaro (México) the excellent way in which the VC was presented by ...... (I forgot his name). I have seen another VC done by him and he really knows how to establish a bond with the younger students (K-1). It´s like he is actually present in the classroom, very interactive. Our kids loved the conference and picked up a lot of new English science words. It aroused their curiosity and motivated them to explore a bit more about space. 

It would be great to have some pre-event activities (to determine previous knowledge) and some exercises/quizzes we could apply afterwards.   

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Pre- event activities
Written by: Bruce Howard On: 26 May 2009

Has anyone done any pre-event activities that they can recommend? What about afterwards? Any other tidbits of advice for someone who hasn't used the program yet?

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International Space Station
Written by: Denise Henggeler On: 26 May 2009

This was an excellent activity for our students as a starting off point to learning about living and working in space.  We were able to participate in a live downlink with the International Space Station.  Participating in this DLN beforehand allowed our students to ask meaningful questions beyone the standard "How do astronauts go the bathroom?" I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to participate in the downlink do this activity first.  NASA is an amazing organization, and we appreciate all they do for educating the future. 

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Human in Sapce -Thomas Jefferson in Querétaro
Written by: Alma On: 25 May 2009
I find this   videoconference an awesome experience for my kids as well as for me as their teacher. My kids loved it and learned lots of interesting thing about real life up there.Something that I ´d like to add to this great experience would be something of hands on work. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.


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Humans in Space Distance Learning
Written by: Aaron Kinkaid On: 25 May 2009
As a teacher charged with connecting a group of impoverished fifth and fourth graders to technology and science, I applaud the NASA Distance Learning we viewed on Humans in Space.  I was intrigued and captivated by the information, and I really saw the students engaged and paying attention. I especially liked the Q&A session with the engineer at the end of the presentation.  He was funny and got the kids to open up with good questions and provoked quite a bit of thoughts.  Thanks....cya next year.

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Humans in space VC
Written by: Neme Alperstein On: 23 May 2009

The event was engaging for our students and has sparked their interest to learn more.  The VC interactivity is a powerful motivator and has expanded our students' horizons.  These are young students (grades 4 and 5) and we are thrilled that DLN has found a way to support student interest in STEM careers.


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Humans In Space, Kennedy Space Center
Written by: Marisela Alvarado On: 19 May 2009
The programs that NASA offers via distance learning are absolutely wonderfu!!!! Our students are completely engaged learning in various ways such as visual representations and continuous feedback. It never fails, after an opportunity as these, a student or two will come up to me and tell me, "Mrs. Alvarado, when I grow up, I want to be an astronaut." NASA impacts their lives. Thank you so much NASA for offering these opportunities to our students. You take part in making a difference in our children's lives.

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Fabulous conference
Written by: Susan Gaer On: 19 May 2009
Humans in Space was one of the best VC's my class has ever done. We loved the interactive nature of the exchange.

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