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Space is an exciting avenue of learning in the twenty-first century. What will space suits look like in the year 2019? Is it good for humans, in a medical sense, to travel in space? What astronaut would you like to know more about?

You will lift off on a Web Quest mission to find exciting topics relevant to space within a group setting. Your group will be creating a Power Point presentation including:

  1. comparing and contrasting space suits of the past and present
  2. designing an improved spacesuit for future space endeavors
  3. discover the medical benefits of space travel
  4. give tribute to an astronaut









  • You have been selected to become a scientific researcher to find some practical information on space suits of the future, medical benefits to humans by traveling in space, learn more about one of your favorite astronauts, and designing all this exciting information in a multimedia presentation. Let's get started right away on your new mission, don't let gravity hold you back!








  • 1) You will be placed into small groups by the teacher, and you will compare and contrast space suits of the past and present to designed a space suit that astronauts could use for future space exploration. You will brainstorm to find a total of 6 observations to be included on a Power Point slide within your presentation. Start with this web site to locate space suits of the past and present:

  • www.nasa.gov/


  • 2) Discover the medical benefits of space travel by reading and researching on the internet. You will discuss the information together, and you will find out what is most important. You will make a brief summary to communicate your research. Then you will place the information written in your own words on a slide. Read and discuss how “Earthlings” have benefited from thirty years of space travel research. Start with these web sites to locate the medical benefits:
  • http://station.nasa.gov/reference/factbook/med.htm

  • station.nasa.gov/science/disciplines/life/physiology/index.html


  • 3) You will have the opportunity to research a famous human or astronaut with the teacher's approval. Choose at least 2-3 astronauts you want to research, and the teacher will meet with your group and assign a person for you to research. Tell why you think he/she became famous or helped to further space exploration. You must find at least 4 facts about your astronaut or famous person connected with space exploration and include the information on a slide. Start with these web sites to locate your famous person:
  • http://www.nasa.go0v/vision/space/features/index.html

  • http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov
  • www.nasa.gov/

  • 4) Draw a picture of your new spacesuit. Scan or take a digital picture of your new spacesuit-see teacher for further assistance with scanner or camera. Insert the picture into your Power Point presentation and explain your design.
  • 5) You create (including giving credit to information and pictures you have found and used) a Power Point presentation including: slides with the requirements stated above, pictures from the internet to make your Power Point presentation attractive. and a digital picture of your newly designed space suit for future use, and you have the option to create an "about the author" slide at the end to let us know about the dynamics of the people in your group.
  • 6) You will need to remember these helpful reminders as you plan and create your research project: Be sure that you have run spell check. Practice your presentation with your group and make sure each group member has a specific information to present.
    Go over multimedia presentation within your group in a loud clear speaking voice.
    Remember to listen quietly while each group member is speaking as good audience etiquette.
  • 7) View Power Point slide show for more information:







You will have learned the following: how to research and cite information properly, acceptable presentation skills, how to cooperatively work within a group of your peers and stay focused, you will learn what is relevant for future space exploration, and learn about an astronaut of your choice.









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These pages were developed through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development component of GirlTECH, which is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE) and made possible by support from the National Science Foundation and Rice University.

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Updated: Friday, June 16, 2006 10:44 AM