Creating the International Space Station

The International Space Station is the largest, most complex international science project in history.  The permanently crewed orbital laboratory enables scientific research supporting innovation on Earth and future deep space exploration.


For this activity, students were introduced to the International Space Station, with information about its structure, operation, and key experiments. Before starting, the children engaged one another with questions such as: What do you think it is like to live in space? Would you float instead of walk? How would you sleep? What would you eat? This project was designed to answer these questions, and many more.


Using foil-covered blocks, astronaut figurines, and plastic space toys, we created our version of the International Space Station. As a result, students acquired new vocabulary as they experimented with visual perception, spatial orientation, and coordination.

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