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Train Like An Astronaut: Crew Assembly Training
September 4, 2012

Mission Question:

How can you perform a skill-based activity that demonstrates the importance of dexterity and hand-eye coordination while practicing communication and problem-solving skills?

Improvements in dexterity and hand-eye coordination allow easy and quick assembly of objects. It builds muscle endurance while controlling hand movements, which allows the assembly of objects or equipment for a longer period of time without experiencing exhaustion.


Crew Member Mission:

Students will:

  • assemble a puzzle quickly and correctly to understand the importance of dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
  • practice communication and problem-solving skills.
  • record observations about dexterity and hand-eye coordination in their Mission Journal.


Educational Resources

› Mission Handout (PDF)
› Mission Handout en Español (PDF)
› Adapted Physical Activity Strategies Handout (PDF)
› Educator Guide (PDF)
› Mission Journal instructions (PDF)
› Mission Journal instructions en Español (PDF)

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NASA astronauts explain why good dexterity and hand-eye coordination are needed for tasks in space like repairing satellites and conducting experiments; astronaut trainer Yamil Garcia shows you how to run an activity that requires teamwork and assembling objects quickly and precisely.
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These "mission assignments" for students, available in English and Spanish, give detailed instructions for each activity as well as more advanced challenges, related NASA facts and safety guidelines. Educator Guides offer lesson plans, background information, and instructional procedures.
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