Blast off and build at the National Space Centre

There’s a universe of LEGO®-based fun at the National Space Centre this summer.

space summerThe centre in Leicester will have a LEGO Zone where visitors can help to create a summer galaxy with LEGO bricks from tomorrow (July 13) to September 1.

There’ll also be a chance to create a LEGO mini movie using stop-frame animation, along with the chance to watch LEGO films and enter competitions to win sets.

The National Space Centre is dedicated to space exploration and space science. It is home to the largest domed planetarium in the UK, together with the iconic Rocket Tower.

There are six further galleries packed with space suits, satellites and meteorites to discover, along with lots of hands-on activities to explore.

To find out more about the National Space Centre, visit the website. To find out more about the LEGO Bricks in Space program, including the experiments conducted with LEGO bricks in microgravity, visit the LEGO Bricks in Space website.

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LEGO® Bricks in Space: GyroBot

In this LEGO® Bricks in Space lesson, students will work with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT to discover the effects of microgravity on a gyroscope.

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Watch STEM integration come to life in your classroom, as learners explore scientific laws dealing with kinesthetic energy, use technology and engineering skills to develop and program a working GyroBot, and use maths and language skills to adequately communicate their findings.

Students will be asked to program their GyroBot to experiment with light, ultrasonic, rotation and touch sensors, and record their findings on the worksheet supplied.

GyroBot

In the accompanying video, Kevin Ford, Commander of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station, demonstrates how the same GyroBot reacts in microgravity and explains how gyroscopes are used on the ISS and why they are so important.

View the video above and download teacher notes, student worksheets and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

 

LEGO® Bricks in Space: Airplane Rescue

In the latest LEGO® Bricks in Space lesson, students will investigate how a model airplane will react in microgravity and on Earth.

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They will create a programmable model airplane with a tilt sensor, to demonstrate their knowledge and operation of digital and technological systems.

In the accompanying video, astronaut Suni Williams from Expedition 32 demonstrates how the model reacts in microgravity, and explains the importance of robotics on board the International Space Station.

Students will then be asked to write a program using a different sensor in the airplane, and to think of other ways the tilt sensor could be used.

View the video above and download teacher notes, student worksheets and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in aeronautics and space travel. Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com

LEGO® in space: Smart Spinner

Join the team on board the International Space Station (ISS) as they investigate how a LEGO® Smart Spinner works in microgravity!Smart Spinner

In this free downloadable lesson plan produced in partnership with NASA, students will conduct experiments observing how the Smart Spinner – made using the LEGO® Education WeDo™ Robotics Construction Set – functions on earth, and record their findings.

Students will then watch as crew on board the ISS complete identical experiments; noting the differences in behaviour on earth versus in microgravity.

After watching the video, students are invited to draw connections between the experiments and decide which environment provided better results.

Topics covered include gearing, forces, friction, speed, and rotation.

View the video below and download teacher notes and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

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The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in aeronautics and space travel.

Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com

LEGO® Bricks in Space: Satellites activity

How do satellites get into space and how do they operate? In this activity students can find out with the help of the crew on board the International Space Station (ISS).

In this video the crew will share with students what satellites can be used for and explain how these communication devices are launched and carried into space.

Students will then be asked to think of other ways to use information gathered from satellites and design their own custom satellite.

Topics covered include developing an awareness of outer space, exploring communication devices and getting to know about data collection. Forces, friction and renewable energy will all be discussed.

View the video above and download teacher notes, student worksheets and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in aeronautics and space travel. Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com

LEGO® bricks in space: Windmill activity

Investigate the effectiveness of windmill design and the effect that microgravity has on this with the Windmill Activity. In this activity, your learners and the crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) will work as a team to test their windmills, determining speed and comparing results in microgravity to those recorded in the classroom to help prove their hypothesis.

Students are then challenged to think of modifications to their windmill design that would allow the model to function as good, if not better, in microgravity as it does on Earth.

Some of the topics covered in this activity include: gearing down, gearing up, ratchets, forces and motion, weight, force, time, and energy. View the video below and download teacher notes, student worksheets and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

LEGO space windmill

The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in Aeronautics and Space travel. Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com

LEGO® bricks in space: Pulleys

Investigate the Effect of Microgravity on Pulleys with the Fishing Rod Activity. In this activity, your learners and the crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) will work as a team to build the LEGO® Fishing Rod Model, perform a variety of experiments and compare results to test their hypothesis.

Some of the topics covered in this activity include: investigating pulleys, forces and motion, and measuring distance. View the video below and download teacher notes, student worksheets and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

LEGO space - fishing rod

The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in Aeronautics and Space travel. Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com

LEGO® in space: building a satellite

Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, on board the International Space Station, examines the effect of microgravity by building a satellite made of LEGO® bricks. How will this affect the time it takes to build a model made of just 35 pieces? Take a look at the video below to find out:

Building a satellite on board the ISS

An inspiration card from the Space & Airport Set is available for download from LEGOeducation.co.uk. Can your class build this model quicker than an astronaut?

The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in Aeronautics and Space travel. Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com

LEGO® in space: Hammer activity

Explore the effectiveness of levers and cams in microgravity. Following the scientific method, students will gather research, conduct experiments and record their findings. Students will then watch as crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) complete identical experiments and provide additional data students will use to prove their hypothesis.

Students are then challenged, based on what they have learned, to solve problems relating to the effectiveness of the hammer in space. Topics covered include force, motion, cams, levers and friction.

Watch the video below and download teacher notes, student worksheets and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

LEGO® in space - Hammer activity

The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in Aeronautics and Space travel. Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com

LEGO® in space: Trundle Wheel activity

Investigate the accuracy of a trundle wheel in microgravity by following the scientific method in this class activity. Students and crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) can work as a team to calibrate their trundle wheels, measure various objects and compare measurements to test their hypothesis.

Students are then challenged to solve problems relating to the effectiveness of the trundle wheel in space and on Earth. Topics covered include calibration, distance, gears, accuracy and area.

Watch the video below and download teacher notes, student worksheets and building instructions from LEGOspace.com

LEGO® in space: Trundle Wheel activity

The collaboration between LEGO and NASA brings great excitement to children big and small, interested in Aeronautics and Space travel. Find out more at www.LEGOspace.com