• Heather Martinson

Activities and Fireworks for Space Travel


May 20-24

Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy – Chapters 18-20

Workshop Activities

1. Craft - Lightsabers

2. Key Points – History of Space Travel

3. Collaborative – Mars Bingo

4. Writing – Living in Space

5. Math/Logic – How Fast?

6. Genius Principle – Rocket to the Future

7. Big Activity - Rocket Science

8. Movement - Ring Saturn

Minecraft Activities

  1. Visit an X-wing Fighter

  2. Visit Mars

  3. Colonize Mars

  4. Space travel quiz/blow up the Death Star

  5. Free play: PVP!

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Fireworks

Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Make a scale model of a space ship.

  • Identify five different space vehicles. Who made them? What are they used for? Write about it in your journal.

  • Pretend that you are going to apply to be an astronaut. Make the job application and fill it out.

  • Make a flipbook of a rocket in space.

  • Based on the space travel that has already been made, what do you think space travel will be like in 10 years from now? 25 years? 50 years? Write your thoughts in your journal.

  • What space travel is going on right now? Document all the missions currently in progress and/or those that are planned. Put them in order of importance.

  • Track the International Space Station: http://www.n2yo.com/

  • Experiment with Kerbal Space Program: https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/en/

  • Do some moon math: http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/MoonFacts.html

  • Design a moon settlement: http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/LunarLifeSupport.html

  • Make a timeline of space exploration.

  • What do you wish you could know about space? Write down 5-10 questions. Email JPL to see if they know the answers to any of your questions. For the questions they don’t have the answers to, consider how you think those questions could be answered.

  • Pretend you went on a long space trip. Make a postcard you might send home. What picture does it have on it? What do you write on it?

  • Pretend you got to make the food that the astronauts will eat in space. Make the food, package it appropriately, and make a label for it, complete with your food company logo.

  • Write a want ad for a space ship that you want.

  • One of the most famous quotes is, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Imagine that you were the first person to step on Mars. What do you say as you step onto the planet?

  • Discover what portion of the solar system, galaxy, and universe has been explored.

  • Make an inventory of the equipment now orbiting the earth.

  • Play pretend with a friend. You are space heroes defending the universe against an evil empire.

  • Draw a spaceship that you wish you could pilot.

  • Write instructions on how to make a rocket.

  • Pretend you could have a conversation with R2-D2. What would you talk about? Write down the text of your dialogue.

  • What space exploration do you think should be made? Write a proposal to NASA, explaining where they should explore next and why. Make suggestions for accomplishing it.

  • Restate in your own words the story of Star Wars. Or, make a storyboard of the story of Star Wars. Or, make a spoof of the story of Star Wars. Or, retell the story of Star Wars, except with the whole thing taking place under water.


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