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Activity One: Assess the Structural Integrity of a Space Module

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Grade Levels

Grades 5-8


Engineering Design, History, Human Space Exploration, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Technology, Planetary Exploration, Life Support, Living and Working in Space, Measurement and Data Analysis, Forces and Motion, Microgravity, Solar System and Planets, Earth's Moon, Models, Space Station, Space Vehicles


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students will work as a team to design and build the skeletal structure or framework for a spaghetti space module that can support as much weight as possible.

Students will:

  • Apply the steps of the engineering design process to successfully complete a team challenge.
  • Design, build, and test their own space habitat module.
  • Collect data after each weight test for comparison with other groups.
  • Improve their model based upon the results of the experiment.
  • Understand the relationship between mass and weight.

Next Generation Science Standards: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3,

Common Core State Standards:.6.NS.B.3, 6.SP.B.5

Activity One: Assess the Structural Integrity of a Space Module

This lesson plan is part of the “Habitation With Gateway Educator Guide.”