This lesson for students aged 7-11 is about what it's like to live in space, and what needs to be done to keep people alive in space.
Step 1: Scene setter
A discussion exercise focusing on the human essentials for life, linked to the concept of a vehicle that delivers to the International Space Station (ISS).
Step 2: Explore through mime the effect of weightlessness
Pupils work in teams on developing mimes that explore the effect that microgravity has on everyday activities.
Step 3: Compare and contrast grid
Pupils consider the similarities and differences between emergency health care in 2 distinctly different settings – on Earth and on the ISS.
Step 4: Plenary runner game
A quick-fire true or false game looking at the how healthcare is delivered on the ISS.
Children will be able to work scientifically by:
Children will learn:
Download the teachers' guide for instructions on how to use these clips:
Kevin Fong doing experiments on the 'vomit comet':
Comparing the medical kits of the ISS and Air Ambulance:
Primary resources produced by the University of Manchester's Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub
View the full CHRISTMAS LECTURES, How to survive in space, on the Ri Channel: richannel.org/christmas-lectures