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Building a 3-D Space Maze: Escher Staircase


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Building a 3-D Space Maze: Escher Staircase

In this activity (page 95 of the PDF), learners create Escher Staircase models similar to those that were used by Neurolab's Spatial Orientation Team to investigate the processing of information about pitch, roll and yaw. The lesson guide, part of NASA's "The Brain in Space: A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Neuroscience," includes background information, evaluation strategies, and handouts.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Scissors
  • Three strips of cardboard or posterboard (2 inches wide and 2 feet long)
  • Three metal paper fasteners (tang pins)
  • Light-weight ball (ping-pong)
  • Magic marker

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Solar System
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
      • Muscles and Skin
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • MacLeish, Marlene Y.; McLean, Bernice R.

Rights:

  • Public Domain, NASA,

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