Spacesuit Backpack Design Challenge
by Tiny Space Adventures
NASA needs more engineers! Are your students up for the task?
Aligned with the STEM 5-E Instructional Method: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.
1. Work in teams, while playing performing the jobs of different kinds of engineers. (Systems, Design, Civil and Aerospace)
2. Students will design your their space backpack for a NASA mission and create engineering design sketches.
3. Create the PLSS (space backpack) hardware items based on the weight for a specific mission (training on Earth, going to the Moon or Mars).
4. Test your space backpack for comfort and fit.
5. Redesign the backpack based on observations and data from tests.
6. Present findings with other engineering groups in an oral presentation.
7. Enrichment-Brainstorm and write a creative story the astronaut’s mission.
Although all the parts of the spacesuit are important, the backpack (PLSS) is one of the most complex. When packing the backpack, NASA engineers must take into account the weight of each item so that the astronaut’s center of gravity will not be off balance.
A fun, hands-on and challenging STEM activity that reinforces Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards!
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Common Core Standards for Grades 3-5 : Language Arts and Math
Adding Decimals (hundredths place), Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Recording Data and Writing
Next Generation Science Standards
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS4.C: Adaptation: For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-5 Engineering Design
*** This lesson was previously titled: Spacesuit Engineer-The Space Backpack Challenge. Do not purchase this lesson if you already purchased Spacesuit Engineer- you can re-download it.