ERIC Number: ED390652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Toys in Space: Exploring Science with the Astronauts.
The purpose of the Toys in Space project was to create new ways for children to discover the joy and excitement of science and technology in the world around us. This book describes how familiar toys behave in the space environment where the downward pull of gravity is absent, and clearly documents those principles of physics that explain why the toys behave as they do. Chapter 1 provides the background for the Toys in Space project. Chapter 2 provides the physics concepts needed to explain toy behaviors on earth and in space. Chapter 3 provides a detailed description of everyday life in orbit and a context for the toy experiments. Chapters 4 through 12 discuss how different toys work on earth and in space and contain instructions for constructing some of the toys. Two appendices list personal histories of the astronauts involved in the program and a list of NASA teacher resource centers. Contains an index and a glossary. (JRH)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Elementary Secondary Education, Force, Gravity (Physics), Hands on Science, Physics, Science Activities, Science Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Space Exploration, Space Sciences, Technology, Toys
TAB Books Division of McGraw-Hill, Inc., Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17294-0850 ($10.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Foreword by John H. Casper. Photographs may not reproduce well.