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NASA Quest and the
Johnson Space Center's
Distance Learning Outpost celebrate

Space Day 2003 poster

Space Day 2003
with Design Challenges WEBCASTS on
January 28, 29 and 30

Join us from the Calendar pages

These webcasts are designed to provide help with your Space Day challenges -- from real NASA experts!

Join us in participating in the 7th annual Space Day. Celebrated on the first Thursday in May, each year Space Day focuses on a different theme. This year's theme is Celebrating the Future of Flight, honoring the past 100 years of aviation and aerospace accomplishments. Design challenges are created, by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, to encourage students to find solutions to real problems encountered by people living and working in space.

This project is perfect for budding scientists, inventors, designers, pilots, spacecraft engineers, aviators, innovators and dreamers Grades 4 - 8, but can easily be adapted for other-aged explorers. Several different participation ideas are offered, besides the design challenges, and all lead to a celebration of space -- Space Day. Visit the Space Day website to learn about all the events planned for May 1, 2003.

Inventors, scientists, spacecraft engineers/designers, aviators, innovators and dreamers are needed . . .

Design Challenge #1
Fly to the Future

Design Challenge #2
Planetary Explorers

Design Challenge #3
Watt Power!

image & link to challenge 1
image & link to challenge 2
image & link to challenge 3
Design and build a model aircraft of the future. Your design must be based on, and incorporate, factual research. Write and illustrate a story that involves your aircraft. Create a timeline of important past and future events in flight. Design and build a working model spacecraft that can fly on Earth. It must be designed with characteristics that would allow it to also fly on another planet or moon in our solar system. Write and illustrate a story that involves your spacecraft. Create a timeline of important past and future events in flight. Design and build a working model of an aircraft that is self-propelled, uses a renewable energy source, and can remain airborne for a short distance. Write and illustrate a story that involves your aircraft. Create a timeline of important past and future events in flight.
January 28, 2003
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January 29, 2003
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January 30, 2003
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NASA expert -- bio for
Brian Anderson

NASA expert -- bio for
John F. Muratore
NASA expert -- bio for
Andrew Petro

Teacher's Mission Prep

Student's Mission Prep

Before the Webcasts

Go to the Space Day webpage and read about this year's theme and design challenges, and all the other info you will need to know to participate. Decide which challenge sparks your interest the most and get to work. About half way into the project, we will have these webcasts to help with any problems you might be having.

During the webcasts you will have the opportunity to ask NASA experts your questions and receive your answers live via the Internet. These webcasts will be archived and transcribed, and will be linked off this page when available.

For first time participants, please prepare ahead. You will need to download and install Real Player to see and hear the webcast.

DON"T FORGET -- Deadline to submit design challenges is March 3, 2003.

Celebrate Space Day 2003 -- May 1, 2003

with celebration and educational activities throughout the United States and around the world with millions of students, teachers and space enthusiasts in 21 countries. More than 70 Space Day partners will organize local events.

Websites to check out for info and other cool activities

Space Educators' Handbook (Link to index.)

You can also find all kinds of ideas and information just by using the "Search" feature on the Quest site.

photo of shuttle & 1900 Wright Flyer courtesy of Nick Engler

“The invention of the airplane was a fundamental turning point in our history, and flight remains one of the most stunning and magnificent human achievements.”

-- U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission

Space Day Challenges 2002 - 2000


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