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In the 50+ years since Sputnik’s launch, the space exploration program has experienced many advances and setbacks. Since its creation in 1958, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has sent several hundred astronauts into space. Astronauts live in space for extended periods of time so they can conduct important research and experiments. The space program has increased our knowledge of space flight and the solar system. This knowledge has led to the development of many technologies that we use on Earth. Space travel and living in space is made possible by engineers, from mechanical engineers who design the components for spacecraft to biomedical engineers who design ways to care for astronauts' health while traveling in space. From designing the spacecraft to get us to the Moon safely to building tools to help humans someday live on the Moon, engineers play a vital role in space travel, space discovery, and living in space. From the earliest rockets launched by the first rocket scientists to the latest space shuttle mission, space technology is an important part of our lives.
In this activity you will work to research the past, present, and future of space exploration. You will share your findings with your classmates in a Glogster presentation.
Glogster is a Web tool that allows users to create virtual posters combining text, audio, video, images, and hyperlinks and to share them with others electronically.
Computer with Internet
Access to Glogster -
Each student will research each of the topics listed below. You will create a Glogster with a section on each of the seven sections. Add a section that includes a picture, video or sketch of the milestone in space exploration and the significant impact that it has had.
4/28 Today register with Glogster.. go to
Enter the student code – 82AE77 (this will register you in our class)
Wait for Mr. Nimick to assign you to the class and the Milestone Project later today.
4/28 Watch the videos on how to use Glogster
Between now and Friday you will build your Glogster...two sections per day have been assigned. Each portion should have information and a picture, video or hyperlink to explain the history of space. You will need to resea
5/4 Future missions planned for space travel
5/1 Tragic events/mistakes/failures as a result of space travel and exploration
5/1 Technological advances on Earth as a result of space discoveries and exploration
4/30 Unmanned space programs
4/30 The mission of each of the seven major U.S. Manned space programs
4/29 The Soviet space program
4/29 The Cold War and its effect on the space race https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxpC-8f--xo
Please see Microsoft Teams Assignment for helpful links.
Use last days to polish your glogster.
The great challenge of this class is building flying machines and unfortunately we have not had that chance to put your skills to work in the fabrication lab. This lesson will be hands on and test your skills at creating flying machines.
Our goal will be to create 5 different paper airplanes
John Collins is a world champion paper airplane builder. Please watch the first video How to Fold and Adjust
You Tube 11 minutes
You will not make this plane yet but listen carefully to how he describes the building process, uses airfoil and airplane vocabulary and makes adjusts ...VERY IMPORTANT.
NOW only after watching video #1 How to Fold and Adjust then please watch video #2 Paper Airplane Folds - Boomerang
You will be making only the first plane today the BOOMERANG. Please only make the first plane today.
Materials - sheets of standard sized paper..color is fun...You only need 1 sheet to make an airplane but it took me 4 tries to make this one. GO SLOW. Don't get frustrated..watch the complete boomerang video 5.03 minutes....AFTER you have watched the video go back and start the video and start folding...take your time...stop the video...watch it again. Some parts I watched 5 or 6 times. If the folds are correct, adjust for flight. Mine worked better outside with a slight breeze and more space.
Instructions with pictures are on Boomerang Instructions pages 15-18
When you have made the Boomerang - Please take a video of it flying, or a picture and TURN IN to teams.
I hope making things will give you a needed break from sitting at a computer. I know that for me, making something real with my hands let's my mind change gears and relax.