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Space Hazards: Activity – Engineering A4

Activity Timing

5 min. Duo Update
5 min. Set the Stage
30 min. Activity
5 min. Reflect

45 min. Total

Prep Reminder

Check the Educator Guide for detailed materials prep information. Here a couple of other key reminders:

  • Prep will take about 30 minutes
  • Post the EDP Poster
  • Get the Duo Message ready
  • Post Testing Results chart and add a Dust column (pp. 52, guide)
  • Set up the Materials Table
  • Set up testing stations (sand, gravel, glow powder, washers, aluminum trays, black light) (pp.56, guide).

Key Terms

Impact: The act of one thing hitting another

Space Hazards FAQ's

Space Hazards Vocab List

EDP Steps Used In This Activity



Youth explore how well different materials resist or collect dust.

Quick Tips

  • If glow powder is not available, then non-borax laundry detergent can be substituted.
  • View Video 3 Dangerous Dust.

Duo Message Audio File

Play this file to introduce the activity to youth.

Videos Related to this Activity

Science Snippet: Build your content knowledge to help answer youth's questions.

End of Activity Engineering Reflection

Today we asked which materials are better at not picking up dangerous dust. We tested and compared the results to answer our question.

Key Take Away

We can identify which materials to use in making a glove that doesn't pick up much dangerous dust.

Did you know?

Dust on the Moon is sharp, like tiny pieces of glass, because there is no water or wind to erode the particles. When wind and water move particles on Earth, they collide with each other and the sharp edges get knocked off.