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Jewel of the Solar System: My Spacecraft to Saturn

Jewel of the Solar System: My Spacecraft to Saturn


Overview:

In this activity, your youth:
• Can connect with NASA's Cassini spacecraft and the designers who built it - by thinking like engineers.
• Follow the engineering process of building a spacecraft through team discussion, design drawing, model construction and peer presentation, which emulates steps taken by the Cassini team in designing a spacecraft to travel to Saturn.
• Create and present their design drawing and their model spacecraft.
• Work as an engineering team to make changes, as in the engineering design process.
• Make and Take: a model of a spacecraft to go to Saturn, working together as a team.

Time/number of sessions: Four 40-minute sessions

Activity type: Hands-on construction

Space needed: Classroom or cafeteria, space with tables and chairs

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