GRC’s Space Academy

Space Academy

Completing Grades 1-5

Session 2 – June 22 – July 2
Venus & Voyager: Vistas of the UnknownJSS_2
Experiment with the greenhouse effect to learn how Venus, our “twin” planet, can be so hot that you could melt lead on its surface. What do spikes in methane and oxygen gases on Mars tell us about potential life on Mars? Build a telescope-like tool and consider how Galileo revolutionized astronomy through heliocentric thinking. What will you see through our do-it-yourself ‘night sky projector’? Explore how NASA uses the space telescope TESS to search for signatures of life on new exoplanets? Create your own rover robot (using LEGO® robotic materials) for exploring Venus. Build and launch your own rocket.


Session 3 – July 6 – 17
Rockets, Robots & Really Cool Tech
Will NASA’s Lunar IceCube mission find enough water on the moon to support life? In preparation for a moon base, experiment with electrolysis to create an alternate fuel for further missions. Follow the Mars 2020 rover and ‘explore’ the Jezero Crater (on Mars) for evidence of ancient astrobiological life; what ‘ground-breaking’ data we might receive from the rover’s new scientific instruments? How can the BREEZE spacecraft use stingray-like flapping fins to better explore the dark side of Venus? Create your own spacecraft inspired by the natural world. Equip yourself and your spacecraft for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program for space transport systems; what does it take? Program your LEGO® robotic rover to assist in your experiments. Construct and launch your own rocket.


Advanced Space Academy

Completing Grades 6-8

Session 2 – June 22 – July 2
Venus & Voyager: Extremophiles, Electric Charges & MoreSpace
Extreme living in outer space? Explore extremophiles – lifeforms existing in extreme environments – and find out how life could exist beyond Earth. How could tardigrades assist in space colonization? Experiment with gravitational lensing: How does this phenomenon bend and distort light around galaxy clusters? Discover the impact of electrical charges on solar winds: How does this explain the hydrogen wall Voyager 2 reached in interstellar space? What are the ripples in space time sparked by black hole collisions in distant galaxies? Create a robotic rover using LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 materials to ‘explore’ the dark side of Venus. Design, build, launch and evaluate the performance of your own rocket.


Session 3 – July 6 – 17
Rockets, Robots & Really Cool Tech: Tools Expand Space Exploration
Technology advances have revolutionized our current exploration of space. What does the TNG50 tell us about the evolution of the galaxies? What can we learn from Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe of the asteroid Ryugu? If you are one of the 600 to make a deposit to be a spaceflyer on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo flight, how would you prepare? What is the future of tourism in space? Meanwhile, back on earth, design a space blimp; consider the shape and structure of an animal in your design. Use LEGO Mindstorms® EV3 materials to design robots for routine tasks on the ISS; can your robot perform as efficiently as the three Astrobee robots? Design, build, launch and evaluate the performance of your own rocket.

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