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Balloon Astronaut Design Challenge

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Cristal Paniagua

on 3 December 2015

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Students will design a spacesuit for their balloon astronaut.
Students will need to make a spacesuit that will protect their balloon astronaut from space debris and meteorites that can make impact with the astronaut.
For this activity, a screw will be dropped from a 7 foot PVC pipe directly on the balloon.
Students will complete four lessons/mini activities to prepare for the final activity
Students are introduced to engineering
K-12 Engineering Design
Websites & Books
"What is Engineering" by UON FEBE
"The Engineering Process" by Crash Course
Hands-On Activities
Ping Pong Activity
Balloon Astronaut Design Challenge
by Sarah Donahue & Cristal Paniagua
Bradley, K., & Meisel, P. (2005). Forces Make Things Move. New York: HarperCollins.

Crash Course Kids. (2015, May 29). "The Engineering Process: Crash Course Kids #12.2". Retrieved from: https:://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxJWin195kU

Graham, Donna. (2015). Engineering Design Challenge Unit Lesson Plan: Balloon Astronaut Design Challenge.

McNulty, F., & Kellogg, S. (2005). If You Decide to Go to the Moon. New York: Scholastic.

NASA. (n.d.). The Spacesuit. Retrieved from: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/nasa_spacesuit/

Rubin, A., & Salmieri, D. (2008). Those Darn Squirrels! New York:Clarion Books.

The Tech Museum of Innovation. (n.d.). Balloon Astronaut. Retrieved from: http://www.thetech.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Design-Challenge-Learning-Lessons/Balloon_Astronaut.pdf

The Works. (2011). Engineering Design Process. Retrieved from: https://www.theworks.org/educators-and-groups/educator-resources/engineering-design-process/

UON FEBE. (2013, February 10). "What is Engineering?" Retrieved from: http:://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bipTWWHya8A

2 Structure and Properties of Matter
The Works
Milk Carton Problem
Designing a Spacesuit
Designing a Spacesuit
Students are put into groups of three
Head Engineer/Publicist
Design Engineer
Test Engineer

Students will work through Engineer Design Process using their Engineering Design Notebook
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