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STEP 1: Read this infographic about space shuttles, which describes the power systems behind these amazing feats of aerospace engineering.
STEP 2: Research four of the latest developments in space shuttle technology. This research will be helpful for the next activity. Submit a summary of your research findings to the Aerospace Engineering & Technology Group (under TOPIC #1).[caption id="attachment_7435" align="aligncenter" width="1800"] Launch of Atlas V MUOS[/caption]
Meet Miss Aerospace herself, Marielle!
In this activity you will make your own landing device!
Using only materials you have around your house, your mission is to create a landing device for your ‘shuttle’.
The goal of your landing device is to keep your shuttle upright – keep the astronauts inside alive!
Step 1: Find something around your house to use as the shuttle.
Step 2: Using only simple materials you have around your house, build a landing device for your space shuttle. The landing device must be attached to your shuttle.
Step 3: Test it! Drop your device from a low height to start (about 1 foot). Increase in one-foot increments until your device does not land upright.
Step 4: Take a picture of your device (or a video of it in action!)and state the max height you were able to drop it from successfully.
Step 5: Create a presentation and submit to the Space Group:
a. What materials did you use?
b. What did your landing device look like? Why did you choose that design?
c. Were you able to make a successful (upright) landing? Why or why not?
d. If you were to do this over again, what would you do differently? Why?
e. How did this activity relate to what a real aerospace engineer does?
Submit to the Aerospace Engineering & Technology Group (under TOPIC #2) for feedback.
- What skills do I already have that will help me succeed in this career?
- What skills do I need to succeed in this career?
- What work/volunteer/job shadow experience do I have?
TOPIC #3: Discuss your answers with your peers and STEM pros in the Aerospace Engineering & Technology Group and make a plan for your future!
- Aerospace Engineers – US Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Aerospace Industries Association
- Top universities offering degrees in Aerospace Engineering
TOPIC #4: Share your findings in the Aerospace Engineering & Technology Group!
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