This bilingual Edukit has five modules:
Module 1: Where is Space?
Gain an understanding of the concept of Space, and the distance scale in our solar system.
Module 2: The Space Environment
Explore the realities of life in Space. What do you see? What do you feel? What is the temperature in Space? Discuss and examine what is needed for humans to survive and work in Space. Hands-on activities include building a simple “water-cooled sleeve” to demonstrate the water-cooling system used in modern spacesuits, examining the effect of a vacuum environment on spacesuits, and carrying out a series of tasks while wearing “space gloves” to demonstrate the difficulty of working outside the ISS.
Module 3: So You Want to be an Astronaut?
Examine the lives and career paths of Canadian astronauts, explore the training required to become an astronaut, and look at the positions available on a space flight. Hands-on activities include designing a mission patch and filling out an “astronaut” application form.
Module 4: Explore the International Space Station
Learn about the ISS, with a special emphasis on Canadian contributions, including the Canadarm, Canadarm2 and the new Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (know as the “hand”). The life of astronauts on board (again, with an emphasis on Canadian astronauts) is also examined, with topics ranging from what they eat, to the work they do, to how and where they do their “daily business” — in other words, things of interest to students in Grades 4 to 6! Hands-on activities include building a model space station (templates provided).
Module 5: Microgravity and the Human Body
Examine the concept of microgravity, with a specific focus on how it affects the human body. Hands-on activities include a demonstration of microgravity using a drop frame (provided) and activities based on a “space simulator” (a swivel chair) that help students understand how space sickness can affect an astronaut’s ability to carry out even simple tasks.