Everyday nutrition becomes more interesting when you learn it in the context of spaceflight! This guide gives a detailed history of space food up through the Space Shuttles, but not much beyond that because it was published while the ISS was still in early construction. Several hands-on activities let students explore the unique problems of keeping astronauts happy and healthy in space. Published by NASA in 1999. Grades K-8.
Students learn about factors that affect bone density, including the microgravity environment experienced by Space Station astronauts. They experiment with bags of cereal to make the connection between bone density and bone strength. Published by NASA in 2012. Grades K-8.
Learners investigate the growth of crystals under different temperature conditions using heat pack hand warmers. This activity is from page 148 of the immense Microgravity Educator Guide that NASA published in 1997. Grades 5-12.
Students design, build, and test the performance of their own water filtering systems in this activity from NASA’s 21st Century Explorer series published in 2006. Grades 3-5.
Get a new perspective by viewing your home planet from the point of view of an astronaut! Learners examine beautiful photos taken by astronauts on the ISS. They identify locations, landmarks, and phenomena they observe. Every image can open a rich path of inquiry about Earth systems and the way human activities impact the planet. Enjoy an added challenge by playing Mystery Images from Space!