No, this is not a Medieval torture device, or is it? Actually, it's a Barany chair, used in flight training to simulate the disorientation caused by the vestibular system. Week 2 of Space Across the Curriculum focused on biology and the impact of space travel on the human body systems. Several brave souls took a spin, however, those proned to motion sickness were strongly encouraged to "observe."
Rovers Rock! And the marine rovers were no exception!
During our afternoon at a local high school pool, we also navigated through an underwater maze to simulate microgravity! The first time through we used regular goggles, and the second time we used blackout goggles!
We designed and tested thermal protection systems. It was awesome! I totally want to do this with my class this year! I wonder what my principal will think about a blowtorch in the classroom?
We took a road trip up Pikes Peak, stopping numerous times along the way to take measurements and conduct experiments, before arriving at the summit for some Pikes Peak donuts.
This was such an amazing 2 weeks with an awesome group of teachers from across the state and the amazing instructors at the Space Foundation! My head is still spinning, and I can't wait to start incorporating it into my classroom in the fall. And the best part... I get to do it again next summer, focusing on astronomy and geology!