Reduced Gravity: Effects on the Human Body
What are the effects of long-term exposure to a reduced gravity environment on the human body?
This module is appropriate for video conference AND web conference presentation.
Long term exposure to a reduced gravity environment can affect the human body. During the event, students will develop an understanding of reduced gravity environments and why research and countermeasures are needed for human exploration of space. Join the event to visit NASA centers and learn about their unique facilities where reduced gravity experiments are conducted!
The learner will share prior knowledge about microgravity and the human body systems with the NASA Education Specialist.
The learner will compare and contrast how the body functions in 1-G and microgravity environments.
The learner will discover the effects of long-term exposure to a reduced gravity environment on the human body.
The learner will explain why research and countermeasures are needed for human exploration of space, and make predictions of reduced gravity on the human body.
The learner will demonstrate their understanding of how the human body is affected by reduced gravity by completing a post-activity assessment and comparing their results from their pre-activity assessment.
The items below are a preview of the activities only. For the complete module and event information, please see the Complete Educator Guide link.
"The Water Mystery " Activity:
Students will investigate the effects of reduced gravity.
"Bag of Bones" Activity:
Students will investigate the effects of osteoporosis in humans and provide insight for people living on Earth and in space.
During the videoconference, students will interact with a NASA Education Specialist to learn how long-term exposure to a reduced gravity environment can affect the human body. Students will participate in an activity to demonstrate these effects.
National Science Education Standards
Science as Inquiry - Content Standard A
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop:
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
Understandings about scientific inquiry.
Life Science - Content Standard C
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of Structure and Function in Living Systems. Disease is a breakdown in structures or functions of an organism.
National Mathematics Standards
Number and Operations Standard for Grades 6-8
In grades 6-8 all students should understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.