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Space Stations: Measure Up!


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    Lunar and Planetary Institute

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Space Stations: Measure Up!

In this activity, learners work in pairs to measure each other's ankles with lengths of string. Learners make measurements both before and after lying on their backs with their feet in the air for 1 minute. This simulates the microgravity of space, where everything--including body fluids--floats! This activity station is part of a sequence of stations that can be set up to help learners explore how space affects the human body and why.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 1 ruler
  • 2 different colors of permanent markers
  • 1 18-inch length of string that will not stretch
  • A writing utensil and scrap paper
  • Timer or watch
  • Children's Guide for Measure Up!
  • scissors

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
    • Solar System
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Circulation
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Circles
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories


  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Lunar and Planetary Institute, ©2006

Funding Source:

  • NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate's Education Program

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