Moving and Working in Space

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In this activity, groups of four learners must complete a set of four manual tasks. The restrictions are that they must complete the tasks in a limited time while wearing garden or rubber gloves. They must also remain attached to a line and a tether at all times. This activity teaches learners about an astronaut's challenge of moving within the confines of a limited space and working within the confines of a space suit (more specifically, gloves which reduce finger sensitivity) to complete very manual tasks.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 16 plastic ziplock bags (4 activities x 4 people)
  • 4 packs of Lifesavers
  • 4 pieces of string measuring 10 inches
  • 12 pieces of Lego or interlocking blocks
  • 4 small items to wrap with wrapping paper
  • Wrapping paper cut in four pieces
  • 4 packages of tape
  • 4 pieces of paper (8.5 x 11 inches)
  • 4 envelopes
  • 4 different colored pieces of paper, each cut into four
  • A marker or pen
  • 4 sets of garden or rubber gloves
  • Timer
  • 4 pieces of thin rope to simulate a tether each measuring 1 meter
  • 8 carabiners or spring clips
  • Thin rope measuring 9 meters
  • 4 chairs or desks


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Canadian Space Agency


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