Space Hazards

Getting Started

  1. Watch the Videos
  2. Review FAQs, Vocabulary, and Downloads (see below).
  3. Increase interactivity, links to 21st century skills, and more with Additional Educator Resources

Unit at a Glance

Use this resource to quickly check key learning objectives for this unit. Includes Learning Progressions ~ Press image to see enlargements in a new window.


Space Hazards engages youth in collaborative teams to engineer space gloves with basic materials, and by playing a game to learn about hazards and ways to mitigate them for space missions.


Use this list to check terms and definitions for this unit.

Science Snippets

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Space Hazards Science Educator Guide cover shot

Science Educator Guide

Grades 3–5
Planetary Science
4 Activities; 45-55 minutes per activity

What's Included?

  • Science Educator Guide
  • Science Notebook 
  • Science Safety Cards and Game Board
  • Science Mitigate Hazards Cards and Game Board


In this unit, youth will learn about hazards on Earth and in space and different strategies humans have developed to mitigate them. This builds on the concept of engineering space gloves to mitigate hazards in different planetary environments in the Engineering Adventures unit, In Good Hands: Engineering Space Gloves.

PLANETS Science Series are a great companion to the PLANETS Engineering Units but are also designed to stand alone.

Space Hazards Back Pocket Activity Essentials - Science

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Science, Engineering, or STEM?

The PLANETS Science and Engineering activities are complementary and help youth integrate engineering, technology, and science; however, each guide can also stand alone.


In Good Hands - Space Gloves illustration

Engineering Educator Guide

Grades 3–5 and Engineering
9 Activities; 45 minutes per activity

What's Included?

  • Space Hazards Engineering Educator Guide
  • Space Hazards Engineering Journal
  • Space Hazards Engineering Journal in Spanish
  • Engineering Design Process_Poster
  • Space Hazards Engineering Materials List

Space Hazards Back Pocket Activity Essentials - Engineering

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India and Jacob visit Antarctica to learn about space hazards and help engineer part of a space suit for a new NASA mission! Kids work as materials engineers, considering the trade-offs of each material in their space gloves to help astronauts complete one of three missions to an asteroid, Earth’s moon, or Mars.

Engineering Context-Setting Soundtracks for Youth

Use these audio files from India and Jacob to help introduce each activity of Space Gloves to youth.

How to Video for Educators

Note: These videos are meant to help educators set up materials. It is recommended that educators DO NOT show the How-To videos to youth in order to promote creativity and encourage multiple solutions to the problem identified in the activity.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources for Educators

  • Unit At A Glance
  • Learning Progressions
  • Back Pocket Activity Essentials
  • Tips for Interactivity
  • Developing 21st Century Skills

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