Magazine article Technology and Children

Ideas for Integrating Technology Education into Everyday Learning

Magazine article Technology and Children

Ideas for Integrating Technology Education into Everyday Learning

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Humans have always looked up to the sky with curiosity and wonderment. Our quest for understanding flight through exploration has allowed us to develop technology to give us wings and launch us into space. Try the activities below and watch your students soar through the amazements of air and space exploration.

Language Arts:

* Read or watch the story of "Zathura" by ChrisVan Allsburg. This children's science fiction story has not only captured the interest of children, but NASA as well. NASA has developed a space science unit based on "Zathura." The hands-on lessons address comets, meteors, asteroids and the solar system. The entire unit can be downloaded and printed for student use. www.nasa.goy/ audience/foreducators/k4/features/ F_Zathura_Learning_Adventure. html

* Your students can also learn about the author of "Zathura" through his interview with a NASA scientist. The interview and related writing activities can be accessed at these sites:

* dln/content/catalog/details/ ?cid=441

* foreducators/k-4/features/F_ VanAIIsburg_Interview.html

* Produce a "Planetary News Report." Student groups research a chosen specific cosmic object; write a research-based video script, present and videotape the report.

* Design a space alien. Students research their favorite planet, and then use the planetary environmental facts as the basis for creating an imaginary life form indigenous to that planet.

Students draw their alien and write a description explaining the correlation between its biology and its environment.


* Appreciate the history of flight using timelines, www.ueet.nasa. gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html

* Design paper, water, or model rockets, http://exploration.grc. html

* Collect and evaluate data from test flights. Measure distances, weight, altitude, angles, and air pressure.

* Compare planetary distances, size, and the relationships between mass, gravity, and weight.


* Learn about aerodynamic forces by designing and building an airplane out of paper, tag board, balsa wood, or styrofoam. Keep track of flight observations, design changes, and distance for each test flight. Also try testing the aerodynamics of the design in a wind tunnel. …

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