September 19, 2020

Saturday STEM: Astronaut Suit-up (Grades 5-6)

September 19, 2020 Online • Online Course AuroraIL  60506 View Map Organized by Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
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September 19, 2020
Saturday

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Online Course AuroraIL  60506
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The importance of a spacesuit cannot be understated as they are literally what keeps astronauts alive in the extreme conditions of outer space where temperatures can range anywhere from -270.45°C (-455°F) to thousands or millions of degrees if you get too close to the Sun! In this hour-long (90 minute?) funshop, participants will get the chance to explore the concepts of heat transfer and insulation in order to better understand the types of materials choices that should be used to make the most protective space suit possible. The budding aerospace engineers will then be challenged to put their newly-discovered knowledge to the test by making a pair of their own space gloves with the ability to protect them from the extreme temperatures of outer space – (or at least the range of temperatures they might experience in their own kitchens/around the house…)
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