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Mini Discovery Mission

Mission Packet including Activities

*Beginning August 1, 2014 prices will increase up to $100 per program due to the cost of supplies.*

Grades K-2
The Mini Discovery Mission takes place aboard the International Space Station. Scientists, engineers and mathematicians are engaged in a variety of hands on experiments as they travel 230 miles above the Earth’s surface.
 
1 hour Micronaut Program - $300
  • Includes Mini Discovery Mission and one Micronaut EVA of your choice.
  • Maximum is 40 participants —Divided into 2 groups up to 20 students each.
2 hour Micronaut Program - $400
  • Includes Mini Discovery Mission, and two Micronaut EVAs of your choice.
  • Maximum is 60 participants —Divided into 3 groups up to 20 students each.

3 hour Micronaut Program - $500

  • Includes Mini Discovery Mission, and three Micronaut EVAs of your choice.
  • Maximum is 80 participants —Divided into 4 groups up to 20 students each.

 

Micronaut  EVAs

Micronaut in Orbit

  • Students learn about a space shuttle launch - from liftoff, to docking with the International Space Station, to landing.
  • Students work in pairs to put shuttle launch sequence cards in order based on what they learned.
  • Students will create a paper model of a shuttle.
  • If time allows, students will learn about an astronaut's daily routine in space.

Micronaut Technology

  • Students will learn about the uses of NanoSatellites in space.
  • Students will work in pairs to build a NanoSatellite (NanoSat) with Geofix pieces.
  • If time allows, students will investigate different components of the day and night sky.

Space Fishing

  • Students will use numbered "fish" to create and solve number sentences.
  • Students will use manipulative to observe, solve, and create number patterns and formulas.

Micronaut to the Moon

  • Students will learn how rockets take astronauts to the Moon and back - from liftoff to landing.
  • Students will work in pairs to put sequence cards in order based on what they learned.
  • Students will count and identify different shapes and use those tangram shapes to construct a paper rocket.

Planet Walk

  • Students will learn important facts and characteristics of the planets in our Solar System.
  • Students will learn the relative size and distance of the planets.
  • Students will learn and practice putting the planets in order from the Sun.

Stars

  • Students will learn important facts and characteristics of stars.
  • Students will learn important facts about constellations.
  • Students will create their own constellation.

Telescope Tech

  • Students will explore the concepts of reflection and refraction and discuss their differences.
  • Students will learn the different parts of a telescope.
  • Students will use a refracting telescope to observe distant objects.

Moon Phases

  • Students will investigate the sun, earth, moon and their interactions with each other.
  • Students will learn the four main moon phases and will model and discuss each phase.

MicroRockets

  • Students will build and launch a MicroRocket.
  • Students will organizer launch results using a bar graph.
  • Students will read and interpret the results using a bar graph.
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