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Space: A Journey To Our Future reintroduces students to generations of dreamers and thinkers, demonstrating how they have at times risked their lives to give the world a better understanding of who we are and how we fit into the universe around us. Most importantly, students will learn how today’s explorers are working to understand more about the planet, how to protect it, and how to increase our understanding of the beginning of the universe and what life exists beyond Earth.
This wide range of interactive exhibits allows students to experience space exploration and discovery firsthand:
• Look far into the future of our exploration of the universe in a 360-degree theater • Get a first-hand look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program • Step in front of an infrared camera and see their body’s temperature by color on the screen • See a Mars Rover replica close up • Take a spin on a centrifuge that students power like a bicycle • Get an up-close view of spacecraft that may take a new generation of human explorers to other destinations in the solar system • Touch a moon rock and Much More....
Education and educator materials can be downloaded from the exhibition’s website: http://www.spaceexhibit.com/
San Diego Air & Space Museum Education Programs
The Museum’s Education Department offers a wide range of educational and hands-on school programs. Many of the programs cover science standards using space as the main topic. Below are some of the Museum’s space-based programs. Rocket Science for Real
Day One: Students are introduced to Newton’s Laws of Motion and learn about the history of space flight as they build model rockets. This portion of the program can be taught at the Museum or at your school. Day Two: ”Launch Day” at the Fiesta Island launch site as the students enjoy the drama of launching their own rockets, followed by a debriefing and review of the launch data. Schools are responsible for transportation to the Mission Bay Fiesta Island launch site.
Magic Planet: Solar System Tour
Students go on a high tech tour of our solar system featuring the Magic Planet digital globe. Features and characteristics of the planets, our sun and moon are addressed.
Magic Planet: Concepts of Scale
Students learn about our solar system through hands-on explorations of scale to appreciate “how big and how far” the planets really are.
International Space Station
Interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities teach students about spaceflight and living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). The presentations cover concepts such as orbits, microgravity, rendezvous, spacesuits, and living in space.
Engineer Design Challenge
Based on a well-known college egg drop test, your students will be challenged to engineer a creative and functional impactresistant capsule. Students work with limited materials and within a budget to design vehicles capable of protecting their “astronaut” from the impact of reentry. A great team-building project, and a fun way for the world’s future engineers to learn the scientific method!
You can find more information on how to book these and other education programs, check out the Museum’s website: http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org or call 619.234.8291 ext. 119.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza • Balboa Park San Diego, California • 92101 619.234.8291