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Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Middle School Educator Guide

Cover of Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Middle School Educator Guide

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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Page Last Updated: December 10th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild