Educators & Students
This lesson will help your students answer the question:
Which of the materials provided will block the most simulated space radiation, and be the best material to build a spacecraft?
In this lesson, students will
-- Gather data on space radiation shielding by observing a flashlight beam as it shines through different material.
-- Gather data by measuring, predicting, counting and weighing the materials that will shield simulated space radiation.
-- Analyze the data and select the most protective and lightweight material for a space exploration spacecraft.
-- Develop a conclusion based upon the results of this activity.
Ray Shielding Activity
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The Ray Shielding Activity
is the lesson that accompanies What Would You Hear in a Weather Report From Mars?
, one of the topics in the 21st Century Explorer series.
All components are available on the 21st Century Explorer Web site →
Also in this series:
Those Who Have Come Before Me Activity
Food For Spaceflight Activity
Get a Leg Up Activity
Speed It Up Activity
Designing a Crew Exploration Vehicle Activity
What's Hidden Inside Activity
Moon Mining Activity
Let's Investigate Mars Activity
Cleaning Water Activity
Making Regolith Activity
Cool Suits Activity