an image of a heat shield in space

Grades 2-5 Design a Heat Shield

About this Activity

This lesson is "Grades 2-5 Design a Heat Shield” Follow the lesson plan as you guide participants through a discussion on the technology needed to protect astronauts and spacecraft from intense heat upon leaving Earth’s atmosphere as well as re-entry into the atmosphere. 

You can use the slideshow to guide discussion and have participants investigate the topic. Participants can use the worksheets at the end of the lesson plan to record thoughts and take part in an activity. Lessons can be led both synchronously or asynchronously.

For synchronous instruction, we recommend a platform that allows both for whole class discussion and for students to interact in small groups.

Activity Slideshow

A man and woman read an exhibit panel on Intrepid's flight deck while their child points at the propeller of an aircraft.

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