In this activity, learners will build a structure using a shoebox, aluminum foil, paper, rubber bands, glue, tape, and other common materials that will meet the following criteria when tested: 1) protect an ice cube from melting under a hot lamp or direct sunlight; 2) protect an egg from fracture when dropped from a height of ten feet; and 3) cost as little as possible. These tasks relate to the overarching concepts of space as a hostile environment, engineering that is needed to build and launch astronomical instruments, and testing of spacecraft and instrument models. This activity is from the Touch the Sun educator guide.


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    Engineering and technology:Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft,Middle School,NSDL,Upper Elementary,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123342678T,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Heliophysics,Grade 5,High School,Engineering,Elementary School,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Hinode (Solar-B),Technology



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