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Create a Space Glove

Youth apply what they learned in prior adventures to plan, create, and test a space glove designed for a space mission and its associated hazards.

Youth Will Know
  • Engineers create models to test technologies. 
  • They can apply what they have learned about materials and the Engineering Design Process to design a model space glove.

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Create a Space Glove Educator Guide
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Create a Space Glove Engineering Journal (English)
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Create a Space Glove Engineering Journal (Spanish)
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The Educator Guide has a script, materials list, and prep directions. Be sure to have it open and ready to help guide you through every activity. It will take about 30 minutes to prepare for this activity. 

  • Get the Message from the Duo ready. 
  • Set up the Materials Table. 
  • Copy Mission Profile Images (Educator Guide pp. 73–77). 
  • Prepare Mission Simulations (Educator Guide p. 63). 
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Guiding Question

How can we create a space glove that protects against cold, impact, and dust?

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Youth Will Do

  • Plan, create, and test their model space gloves in one of three Mission Simulations to see how well the gloves protect against the hazards of space.
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Did You Know?

NASA held a competition in 2009 for engineers to design a better space glove and the prize was $350,000. The problem they wanted to solve was that the gloves must be pressurized against the vacuum of space, which made them very hard to move.

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Quick Tips

  • Set up the Materials Table or "store" so that each materials has a display placeholder in order to track anything that runs out. 
  • For youth who are struggling to identify good designs, return to the Testing Results Chart. 
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Simulation: an imitation of a real situation for the purpose of learning



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Activity Timing

5 min
Message from the Duo
7 min
Set the Stage
28 min
Plan and Create
5 min
45 min