Activities are integrated into a microgravity theme which challenges students to work cooperatively as a team to complete a NASA mission: plan and fly a microgravity mission ending in a space shuttle trip around the International Space Station. Students are encouraged to explore careers in technology, engineering and science through this special focus in the field of microgravity.
- Biotechnology/Material Science
Students will see that there are differences between experiments on earth and in space and they will see how new products and new medicines can be developed because of microgravity. Investigation of virus infections and antiviral drugs is used to illustrate the concepts.
- Fluids Physics/Combustion Science
Using computer simulation, students will view various experiments to see how fluids and flames react differently in a microgravity environment. Many of the experiments illustrated are based on projects actually done on space shuttle missions.
Students will learn about the Global Positioning System, its components, and how they are used. They will also learn about tools scientists and engineers use to control and predict satellite behavior.
- ISS VR Tour
Students will tour the inside and outside of the International Space Station using state-of-the-art virtual reality tools. They will learn about the components of the ISS and how they are used.
- Living in Microgravity
Students will learn how astronauts live and function aboard the space shuttle and the ISS in their daily lives.
- Microgravity Demonstrator
Using a drop tower, video camera, and a computer, students can photograph and analyze short periods of weightlessness as they perform various experiments.
Students will learn the basics of microgravity and why experimentation in the environment is important. They will gather information about the significant microgravity contributions of NASA and NASA/University research centers.
- Robotics in Microgravity
Students will learn about what robots are and how they function. They will also learn how robots are used in space and complete assembly of a rover.
- Resource Center
Students, teachers and other visitor's view selected videos or access visuals of microgravity and space flight information to augment the workstation experience. Visitors can also gather information that can be taken with them after the visit.
- Vision Station Virtual Reality Lab
Students will experience simulated control of an orbiter, while doing a fly around of the ISS to locate a pressure leak within one of the modules.