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There are currently four hands-on stations at the Encounter:
January 30, 2012

[image-62]Exploring Physics - Students experience basic concepts in the area of physics in an interactive and fun hands-on way.

  • Space Science - Physics concepts that are important for space travel
  • Orbital Chair - Shows the importance of orbital mechanics
  • Momentum Machine - Shows the Conservation of Angular Momentum
  • Gyro Chair - Demonstrates how gyroscopes work

[image-78]Exploring Flight - Students will explore the principles of flight, learn about wind tunnels, and simulate being an Air Traffic Controller.

  • Aeronautics - How NASA scientists and engineers design aircraft
  • The Four Forces on an Airplane - Weight, lift, thrust and drag
  • Wind Tunnels - Tour of a retired one and hands-on learning
  • Air Traffic Controller - Computer simulated activity

[image-94]Exploring Space - Students have the opportunity to see themselves in the roles of astronauts, engineers, and research scientists on a simulated space mission performing a variety of tasks and experiments.

[image-110]Exploring Earth - Students work with scientific information gathered from space missions and high altitude flights to better understand our planet.

  • Mission Control - Students support the space station mission and use information to study the Earth.
  • Remote Sensing - Pictures taken from high altitude flights are used to study the Earth and its environment.
  • Lunar Geology - An Apollo glovebox is used to study simulated moon rocks.

Target Audience: Visiting student groups are fourth, fifth and sixth graders.

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Exploring Physics section in the AEE.
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Exploring Flight section in the AEE.
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Exploring Space section in the AEE.
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Exploring Earth section in the AEE.
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