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Projects in this category are recommended for grades 3-5, ages 7-10 years.


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When you are 'traveling at the speed of thought,' as Janet Ivey says, this activity will explore your engineering skills as you are challenged to use limited materials to :



1. build a tower as high as you can

2. record/document the steps or procedure so that another team of students can recreate the original structure 

3. test a construction procedure and  determine how well a procedure is written and followed.


Application:  STEAM: Science, Technology, the Arts and Math

Classroom grade level appropriate:  5-8

Contributors:  Janet Ivey and Frances Dellutri, and Dr. Kathy Schmidt

This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson from Janet's Planet, with permission from Janet Ivey.

Wonderful opportunities can also be found at http://janetsplanet.com/


    The National Space Society has a Book Review section for you.  This list of children's books is reviewed by NSS members and provided by NSS.


    Have you ever had a dream ? 

    This lesson will follow the dream of Pete Rossoni and how he used his love of playing with Frisbees to create a new space technology!

    You'll learn some information about small satellites called nanosats, how they are transported and placed into space!

    A very fun activity to make your own 2-D spinning nanosat is included.


    Application:  STEAM: Science, Technology, the Arts and Math

    Classroom grade level appropriate:  3 - 6

    Contributors:  Janet Ivey and Frances Dellutri, and Dr. Kathy Schmidt

    This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson from Janet's Planet, with permission from Janet Ivey.

    Wonderful opportunities can also be found at http://janetsplanet.com/


    Title: Astronomy Alphabet

    Author: Linda Smentek, SpacEdge Education Team Member, October 2015

    Topics:: Astronomy, Language Arts

    Grade (Age): Gr 3-5 (Age: 8-10)

    Short description: Students research astronomy terms to find one vocabulary word for each letter of the alphabet. They define terms and draw a related picture.


    Title: Solar Eclipses (3-5)
    Author: Kimberly Tran
    Grade levels: 3-5
    Subject areas: Astronomy, Math
    Standards: TBD
    Short Description:

    In this project, students will learn the basics of solar eclipses and complete an activity on modelling a solar eclipse. 
    Note: This project is independent of the other Solar Eclipse projects and is specifically targeted for grades 3 and 4.