GRC’s Space Academy

Space Academy

Completing Grades 1-5

Session 2 – June 28 – July 9
Space Exploration: Sputnik to SpaceX
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Imagine being the first person in space. How did you get there? What did you eat? What were you wearing? Now compare that with the astronauts and technologies of today! How have things changed? Look at past and future missions to discover the “quantum leaps” scientists have made in space travel. Design your own space suit for a past or future mission. Use science to devise ways to get people and equipment safely to space and back. Construct and launch your own rocket, and design space vehicles with LEGO Robotics!

 

Session 3 – July 12 – 23
Space Collaboration Council: Who Owns the Moon?
Who does own the moon? Anyone? Three different countries have launched missions to Mars – how can everyone get along? Is there a way to divide responsibilities? Pick a country or organization, form a council, and make a plan – how can we all work together? Work together to design a base for the moon or Mars. Practice science experiments and demonstrations related to space exploration. How can science help us understand and overcome the challenges of living in an extreme space environment? Construct and launch your own rocket, and design space vehicles with LEGO Robotics!

 


Advanced Space Academy

Completing Grades 6-8

Session 2 – June 28 – July 9
Space Exploration: Moonshot to Mars (and Beyond!)
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How did we get from “The Right Stuff” to helicopters on Mars? What are the differences between the Apollo and Artemis missions? What’s changed about how we look at the universe from the Hubble to the Webb telescope? Explore how technologies have changed, from propulsion to computing to materials. Design your own mission: what do you want to learn about space, and how could you achieve that? Design and test your own rocket, and construct space vehicles with LEGO Mindstorms!

 

Session 3 – July 12 – 23
Space Collaboration Council: Model (Rocket) U.N.
Look at the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. Is it still a viable document? Form your own council to update and re-write it! How can international governments and private companies collaborate on space exploration? Are there rules and laws in space? Who enforces them? How do we get from the present to something like the Star Trek Federation? Who is responsible for space trash? Design and test your own rocket, and construct and program space vehicles with LEGO Mindstorms!


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