What it is: NASA has the COOLEST interactives, this Clickable Spacesuit is no exception. Before students explore the spacesuit itself, they can view a slideshow about spacesuits. The Clickable Spacesuit lets students click on individual parts of the suit to learn more information. Students learn all about the individual parts of the spacesuit and get up-close pictures of the part.
How to integrate NASA Clickable Spacesuit into the classroom: Students (especially young students) are fascinated with astronauts and space. NASA’s Clickable Spacesuit will let them dig in and explore how the spacesuit works piece-by-piece. The text of the site is a little advanced for primary elementary students but would be appropriate as a guided whole class activity using an interactive whiteboard or projector-connected computer.
Ask older students to brainstorm and identify items that have been inspired by spacesuit technology (think extreme outer wear, sleeping bags, emergency equipment, etc.). Students can also brainstorm why each part of the suit has been designed the way it has, what does it tell us about space?
Tips: Use NASA Clickable Spacesuit to expand on other sites where students can learn about space.
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