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Activity One: Analyze the Geometry of a Spacecraft

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Brilliant red and yellow sunrise over the ocean with the Orion test capsule in front of the USS Murtha ship



Grade Levels

Grades 5-8


Mathematics, Technology, Geometry, Measurement and Data Analysis, Models, Space Vehicles


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students will use geometry to find the area of the horizontal and vertical cross sections of a crew module.

Students will:

  • Decompose a complex geometric shape into more basic geometric shapes.
  • Approximate the total area of a complex geometric shape by using measurements and geometric formulas to find the summation of the areas of the more basic geometric shapes.
  • Learn about careers at NASA.

Next Generation Science Standards: Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Common Core State Standards: 6.NS.B.3, 6.G.A.1, 7.NS.A.3, 7.G.A.3, 7.G.B.6, 8.G.C.9

Activity One: Analyze the Geometry of a Spacecraft

This lesson plan is part of the “Crew Transportation with Orion Educator Guide.”