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America's Spaceport: John F. Kennedy Space Center

Target Audience
  • Students
     
Hosting Center(s)
  • Kennedy Space Center
     
Subject Category
  • History
  • Physical Science
Unit Correlation
  • Exploring Engineering and Technology
Grade Level
  • 05-08
  • 09-12
Minimum Delivery Time
  • 030 min(s)
Maximum Connection Time
  • 050 min(s)

Event Focus

Imagine that you are strapped into the Space Shuttle, and the countdown clock is ticking... 10, 9, 8, 7. When the clock hits zero at liftoff, 7.5 million pounds of thrust are going to propel the shuttle somewhere. What if the vehicle were not properly prepared for its mission?

 

Description

This module is appropriate for video conference AND web conference presentation.

 

John F. Kennedy Space Center has launched all U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions. Preparing a vehicle to liftoff into space requires a special location, massive facilities, unique equipment and tools, and a world-class workforce.

 

Participants in this DLN event discover just what it takes to prepare a vehicle for launch.

 

 

 

 

Instructional Objectives

 

Engage

 

 

Learners determine the location of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), which is largest building in the world by volume.

Explore

 

Learners explore the interior of the VAB.

Explain

 

Learners describe how different spacecraft components arrive in the VAB.

Elaborate

 

 Learners explain why spacecraft components must be assembled in a sequence.

Evaluate

 

Learners evaluate the VAB's capability to serve future spacecraft.

 
 

Sequence of Events

 

Pre-Conference Activities

 

Please review America's Spaceport with students prior to the videoconference.

 

Videoconference Activities

 

John F. Kennedy Space Center has launched ALL U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions. Preparing a vehicle to liftoff into space requires a special location, massive facilities, unique equipment and tools, and a world-class workforce. Participants take a journey to Kennedy in this highly interactive videoconference.

 

Post-Conference Activities

 

NASA Education has many different types of multimedia materials which could be used to extend this lesson: Educator Guides, Educational Wallsheets, Lithographs, Videos, Bookmarks, Web-based content, CD's and even other Digital Learning Network Events.

Educators can access the above mentioned materials at  http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true

 

 

 

Standards

 

ISTE Technology Standards:

 

Basic Operations and concepts

 

1. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems by comparing and contrasting how the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters, External Tank and Orbiter are processed at the Kennedy Space Center.

 

NSTA Standards:

 

5-8 Targets

History and nature of Science

 

Students discuss science as a human endeavor by recognizing pioneering Astronauts during the videoconference.

 

9-12 Targets

Science in personal and Social Perspectives

 

Students evaluate natural and human-induced hazards by discussing the danger to Astronauts and the public of a catastrophic failure during launch.

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