Health in Space
- Space Bound! The Initial Engagement (3rd–8th grades)
A literary component to kick-off further exploration and activities.
- UV Man (3rd–8th grades)
Students construct UV Man! (or woman or dog) and equip him with special radiation detectors to investigate the source of ultraviolet radiation in this 60 minute activity. They explore how we can protect UV Man! — and ourselves! — from being exposed to too much UV radiation.
- UV Man in Space (3rd–8th grades)
Students investigate how Earth’s atmosphere protects UV Man! — and us! — from harmful ultraviolet radiation.. They continue the investigation with UV Man! in space, to determine what will happen to him without the protective blanket of Earth’s atmosphere, and create a capsule to protect him.
- Space Stations: Living and Working in Space (5th–8th grades)
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, students 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 (3rd–6th grades)
In the four-part exploration, students 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.
- Other Activities (all ages)
A list and links to extentions — additional activities available on-line.
- About Health in Space (educator)
Information about the effects of space on the human body, including nutrition, exercise, hygiene, sleep, balance and orientation, and radiation. Written for educators, it is appropriate for students 5th grades and up.
- Presentations for Explore Trainers (educator)
Powerpoint presentations from Explore training workshops. They are intended to provide background information for program providers, and not to be used directly in youth programs. .
- Explore Further! Space Health (all ages)
Books and Web sites for more information on human health in space.