Could we really go to school in space one day? NASA wants to build the first ever international space school and they want you to design it!
STAGE 1: Research
In order to become a member of mission school in space, you must first become an expert on space stations. Let's research the International Space Station! Use the resources below to find 10 interesting facts about space stations and add them to the"TECH" page of your website. Click on the images to visit websites about the International Space Station.
STAGE 2: Mission Assignment
Meet your team
Review your assignment
Sketch out plans
Classroom Module (3)
Living (Habitat) (3)
The ISS is flown up in sections and put together in space because each piece must fit on the rocket. Your section must fit inside our classroom rocket. The launch can get a bit bumpy, so make sure your project is built strong to survive the ride! Your project will be loaded on our launch simulator and tested for strength before it can be approved for launch.
CHECK OUT NASA'S SHAKE TESTING OF THE 9 BILLION DOLLAR WEBB TELESCOPE!
The ISS is powered by solar panels which create electricity for the station. Each section of the school needs a minimum of 2 solar panels.
NASA has given your team a budget of $100. You must purchase all building materials.
Stage 2 Outline/Directions:
1) Open Seesaw
2) Post a "selfie" of you and your team, be sure to add labels with your names
3) Sketch out ideas on paper (10 different ideas)
4) Choose one idea and create a final drawing on Seesaw.
STAGE 3: BUDGETING and MATERIALS
The ISS cost 150 BILLION dollars to make. Unfortunately, your space school has a much smaller budget. Your team will receive $100 in "LEGO bucks" to purchase all of your materials. Each type of LEGO costs a different amount, be sure to check the price before you make a purchase. You will track all of your spending on a Google Sheet. Your project must be under budget in order to be approved.
T6 Aluminum $1.00
Interior Plastic $3.00
STAGE 4: BUILD AND TEST!
Purchase the LEGOs outlined in your budget and build your module. Remember the design requirements (size, strength, and solar panels).
After your build is complete be ready to complete a shake test. You will record your shake test as evidence that your module was built to survive a shakey and bumpy launch!