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Effects of Space on the Human Body

Space Bound! The Initial Engagement
Space Bound! is a 45 minute kick-off to your space program for children ages 8–13 that sets the stage for  further explorations and activities in Explore! Staying Healthy in Space. As a group, children listen to a story about living and working in space. Through discussion, they identify the challenges astronauts face!

Space Radiation
This suite of activities focuses on the challenges of space radiation to space travelers. Children, individually or as a group, will construct UV Man, and then use him to test radiation on Earth and in space!

Space Stations: Living and Working in Space
Space Stations is a collection of 5  short experiences exploring the effects of space travel on the human body. What happens to muscles that do not have to deal with gravity? What happens to your spine in space?  Would you jump higher on the Moon or Earth … and why? In this 60 minute exploration, individuals, pairs, and/or groups of children ages 10–13 take self-guided tours to each of the space stations, conduct their investigations, and complete Spaceports (their passport to space challenges!).

The Astronaut In Me
In the four-part The Astronaut In Me exploration, children ages 8–13 investigate the importance of good nutrition, sleep, exercise, and recreation for astronauts — and themselves!  They discover the healthy choice challenges they have in common.  This module requires 120 minutes, but can be divided into parts.

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