Four standards-aligned activities help students learn about NASA’s Next Generation Spacesuit that astronauts will wear on the Moon and beyond. Students will take on roles as scientists and engineers for a next-generation spacesuit for the Artemis Generation of astronauts.
With these activities, students will:
- Research essential components of spacesuits and then design a prototype using off-the-shelf products, demonstrating the structures and functions of their new design.
- Explore spacesuits of the past and examine their differences. Students will redesign one of the Artemis Generation spacesuits to better suit a new extreme environment such as Mars, Mercury, or Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.
- Design and optionally develop a user interface that makes information available to an astronaut via a heads-up display.
- Design a modular tool with interchangeable tool heads to retrieve or process different types of regolith, loose soil found on the Moon. Students will also develop an instruction manual on how to use their new tool.
Next Generation Science Standards: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4
Common Core State Standards: RST.6-8.1, RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.7, SL.6.1, SL.7.5
This educator guide is part of the Next Gen STEM Moon series. Also in this series:
Crew Transportation With Orion
Propulsion With the Space Launch System
Habitation With Gateway
Landing Humans on the Moon
Hazards to Deep Space Astronauts
Deep Space Communications
Artemis Generation Spacesuits
Build, Launch, Recover