Free STEM Lesson

Lesson 8: Pack a Bag for Space

For Grades: K - 6 & up

Step 1 - Introduction


Lesson Overview

Astronauts live and work on the International Space Station (ISS). Use the resources below to learn what it’s like to live there and check out the ISS when it’s visible over your city! In this lesson, you’ll also pack a bag for space!


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Step 2 - Learn More

For All Ages

Watch the ISS fly Overhead

Nasa has a website site called Spot the Station where you can find out when the next flyover will be visible in your area. So cool! 

For All Ages

Wet Washcloth in Space

(3 min)  Astronaut Chris Hadfield will show you what happens when you wring out a wet washcloth in space!

For All Ages

Running in Space

(3 min) Astronaut Kelly Nyberg will show you how to work out and stay healthy in space!

Step 3 - Your Project

For All Agess

Pack a Bag for Space

The Challenge: Pack a bag for your trip to the International Space Station. It can’t weigh more than 5 pounds. What will you choose to take?

  • We are going to assume that NASA will provide the basic things you need to survive like food and clothes, but you need to choose some personal items to take up with you for several months!
  • Some things to think about:
    • What will you miss when you are away from home?
    • What will you want to do in your free time?

Step 4 - Share

For All Agess

Share with someone you love!

Share with someone you love! Today’s recommendation is to call a grandparent (or older family member) that doesn’t live at your house, and tell them about your project!

  • Possible things to talk about:
    • What did you learn?
    • What did you build?
    • What problems did you run into?
    • How did you solve them?

Step 5 - Go Deeper

For All Agess

Find answers to these on Spot the Station

  • Why is the space station up there?
  • How often can I expect to see the space station?
  • How fast is the space station travelling?

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