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Design a Space Station: Physics of Aerodynamics, Flight & Space

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The “Aerodynamics, Flight & Sustainable Life” project utilizes research skills, MS PowerPoint, and Sketchup (free CAD software download) to allow students to build skills in those programs along with skills in Internet research, reading, writing and critical thinking. In these projects, students research information about the history of aerodynamics, Newton’s Laws of flight and the physics behind them. They replicate a scale model drawing of a NASA space vehicle using Sketchup (CAD) and then research and design their own space station or community that will fully sustain life in space. The project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be adapted for younger or older students.

Files Included with this Lesson
• Teacher Notes and Resources
• Aerodynamics History PowerPoint project Expectations and Grading Rubric
• Newton’s Laws Research Questions (includes answer key)
• Recreating a NASA Space Vehicle in Sketchup Project Expectations and Grading Rubric
• Project Samples for NASA Vehicle
• Designing a Space Station or Community in Sketchup Project Expectations and Grading Rubric
• Project Samples for Space Station/Community

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3 Weeks
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