Kindergarten Flinkers

Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 3/25/2012

DSC06877 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”. DSC06847 Mrs. Torres points out the weights added to the spacesuit in the poolDSC06898 Ms. Lewis points out students that she attended high school with are in the video.DSC06875 Ms. Rente sharingDSC06900 Stacking the paperclips on top of the “spacesuit” was not a successful design for FLINKINGDSC06878 It is FLINKING!DSC06881DSC06893 Mrs. Frick in the Discovery Lab watching the video of Mrs. Frick in the reduced gravity jetDSC06866 Mr. Delventhal in the reduced gravity jet Click here to see a video clip of Barrett teachers “floating”. Click here to see more photos from the lesson. DSC06886 Mrs. Castillo and students