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Key Topics: Volume of geometric solids, units of measure

Astronauts train for spacewalks at one of the largest indoor pools in the world—NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), located at the Sonny Carter Training Facility in Houston, Texas. NASA uses the NBL pool not only for astronaut training and the refinement of spacewalk procedures, but also to develop flight procedures and verify hardware compatibility. Students will use geometry to compare and contrast the dimensions of the NBL pool, the International Space Station, and a football field.

Students will
  • apply formulas for volume of geometric solids, using appropriate units of measure; and
  • solve application problems involving geometric solids.


Files for use with the TI-Nspire™
› The NBL Pool TI_Nspire Educator Edition (PDF 755 KB)
› The NBL Pool TI_Nspire Student Edition (PDF 910 KB)
Note: The following files are software specific file for Texas Instrument Nspire calculators.
› The NBL Pool TI_Nspire Document (TNS 218 KB)
› The NBL Pool TI_Nspire Solution Document (TNS 219 KB)

Non-Tech specific files
› The NBL Pool Educator Edition (PDF 799 KB)
› The NBL Pool Student Edition (PDF 909 KB)

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