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Reduced Gravity: Effects on the Human Body

Target Audience
  • Students
Hosting Center(s)
  • Johnson Space Center
  • Goddard Space Flight Center
Subject Category
  • Life Science / Biology
  • Physical Science
Unit Correlation
  • Exploring Space
Grade Level
  • 05-08
  • 09-12
Minimum Delivery Time
  • 030 min(s)
Maximum Connection Time
  • 050 min(s)

Event Focus

What are the effects of long-term exposure to a reduced gravity environment on the human body?

 

Description

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!

 

Instructional Objectives

 

Engage

 

The learner will share prior knowledge about microgravity and the human body systems with the NASA Education Specialist.

 

Explore

The learner will compare and contrast how the body functions in 1-G and microgravity environments.

Explain

The learner will discover the effects of long-term exposure to a reduced gravity environment on the human body.

 

Elaborate

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.

Evaluate

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.

 
 

Sequence of Events

 

Pre-Conference Activities

 

The items below are a preview of the activities only. For the complete module and event information, please see the Complete Educator Guide link.

 

         4-9 Reduced Gravity Complete Educator Guide      

 

"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.

 

      4-9 Reduced Gravity Activities   

 

 

Videoconference Activities

 

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.

 

Post-Conference Activities

 

 

 

Standards

 

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.

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