Product Type: Educator Guide
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 6-8
Publication Year: 2008
Product Number: EP-2008-08-120-MSFC
Subjects: General Science, Life Science, Space Science
Radiation biology is an interdisciplinary science - biology, physics, astrophysics, planetary science and engineering - that examines the effects of radiation on living systems. The Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge educator guide links these disciplines in the context of a lunar outpost by providing background, discussion and research questions, objectives, and inquiry-based activities to introduce radiation biology to middle school students. The guide includes a pretest, lessons, student sheets and answer keys.
The activities in the guide are:
- Radiation: Radiation Exposure on Earth
- Radiation Damage in Living Organisms: Modeling Radiation-Damaged DNA
- Protection From Radiation: Space Weather Forecasting
A section on Applications to Life on Earth: Radiation as a Tool is also included.
Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Middle School Educator Guide [2.8MB PDF file]
The following videos supplement this guide:
Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Act 1: What Is Radiation and Where Does It Come From?
Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Act 2: Space Radiation and Human Health
Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Act 3: Protection From Space Radiation
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