Can you make a FLINKER?

Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 3/5/2009 11:00:00 AM

To view a music slideshow of FLINKERS, click here.

DSC06683 The Kindergarten students learned about two ways astronauts prepare to work in space. We watched a video clip of astronauts training in the reduced gravity jet, also known as the vomit comet http://brainbites.nasa.gov/vomitcomet(Click PLAY on the remote control). We also watched a video clip of astronauts training in a huge pool called the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. Then each student received a “spacesuit” and a tank of water. Their challenge was to make the spacesuit “flink”, neither float on the top nor sink to the bottom. How could they make the spacesuit neutrally buoyant?The students remembered that they saw weights being added to the astronaut’s spacesuit in the video clip. They discovered that they needed weights (paperclips) to be successful. The lesson ended with watching a video of several Barrett teachers who were selected to fly an experiment in NASA’s reduced gravity jet. Click here to see a video clip of Barrett teachers “floating”. To view photos of all four Kindergarten Classes, visit FLICKR

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