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Old 07-26-2012, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default OT - Excited about my Space Presentation to my Kids Day Care Center during their Space Week!

The teachers knew Carl had brought in all sorts of Space books for book days and they heard him talk about the Saturn V he saw on our trip so I told them I could do a short (1,2,6,or 8 hour) Discussion on the Space Program!

I am going to start with Verne, Wells, And Bradbury (since he just died) and go over overviews of how we got from the Wright Brothers Flyer in 1903 through to Freedom 7 then what Mecury/Gemini/Apollo were to the trouble we had with Apollo 1 and 13 and how we discovered how the moon came into being.

I will also go over the Skylab, Mir, IIS and the robotic mission Curiosity that lands August 6th and Voyager's 1 & 2, Maybe Cassini and other robotic missions before getting back to the shuttle program and a big finish with the new SLS Platform that will happen in their lifetimes.

I am going to use my CM/SM/LM toy to show how the Saturn V took off from the Earth and fired the last stage to get out of Earth orbit and on to the Moon (Trans Lunar injection) and then braked for moon orbit on the dark side then landed then returned to the CM then fired the SM rocket to perform the Trans-Earth injection then broke though the atsmophere and landed in the ocean.

Going to be lots of fun for me an hopefully I have enough things to keep them interactive during the presentation.

Of Course there will be a chapter about why Gene Kranz is such a stud and how the Astronauts would be lost without him.

Let me know if I left anything out!
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IMO you should mention Hubble - how it was launched with faulty optics & the shuttle flight to fix it - and what we've been able to learn with it.
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Oh, and you absolutely have to mention SOHO. The leading edge of astro and helio physics rests on the continued success of SOHO. Heck, climatology is starting to focus on solar cycles for indications of weather, and geologists are studying solar conditions for early signs of earthquakes.
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8 hour presentation is short?!?!

broncosteven, just because i dont know and im sure you mentioned it before, are you affiliated with the space program or just love it and the history of it?
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Just remember that younger kids like to see stuff, touch stuff, and do stuff. Listening, not so much. Come up with a little space activity or craft, and they will love you forever.

Good luck with the presentation, I hope you inspire a new generation of astronauts!
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8 hours to a bunch of kids in day care?

Good luck with that.

I'd try to keep it at an hour or less, as kids in day care have the attention span of gnats.
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8 hours to a bunch of kids in day care?

Good luck with that.

I'd try to keep it at an hour or less, as kids in day care have the attention span of gnats.
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Or 8 hours given in chunks over a period of weeks.

Also, don't forget to tell them about the sound studio in Pasadena where they recorded the faked moon landing.
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When my son was in grade school, I had made a 1:36 model of the ISS, & I brought it in & did about 1/2 hour powerpoint on ISS mostly - with some "best of hubble" slides thrown in for good measure.

This was for 4th graders. It went pretty well, & the teacher had me back to do it for all the 4th & 5th grade classes. I had a blast doing it!

Preschoolers would be tough, though. Good luck Steven!
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That's cool. I think you need to be conscious of time and framing content in a way that they're going to enjoy.

Or maybe you should just get MacGruder to talk about space.
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I'd just show them the Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk goes back in time and saves the space program.

That'll get them off on the right foot. To heck with this Gene Krantz stuff.
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Just remember that younger kids like to see stuff, touch stuff, and do stuff. Listening, not so much. Come up with a little space activity or craft, and they will love you forever.

Good luck with the presentation, I hope you inspire a new generation of astronauts!
I figured that out quick, I adapted dumping most of the stuff I was going to talk about and moved on the models I had.

I had one kid stand in a spot as the earth and another one stand 10 feet away as the moon then explained the Saturn V stages and explained how it got into orbit and how they did the orbital checkouts then fired the last stage for the moon and I circled around in the right TLI figure 8 path to the kid who was the moon and using my CSM/LM model I showed how they landed and took off and came home.

That was probably the biggest deal to the kids, and the time they were the most quiet and interested.

I also just took an old water bottle in and explained the fuel tank and how the engines worked and that when the tanks were empty they jettisoned them so they could save weight and make the ship faster.

It lasted about 45 mintues before I ran out of things to show and the kids got antsy.

I was happy to get a couple good questions which showed some of them were listening.

Very fun time, and I made use of what I had around the house.
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broncosteven, just because i dont know and im sure you mentioned it before, are you affiliated with the space program or just love it and the history of it?
Just love it, I remember watching Apollo 17 on TV. I ended up getting into Computers and networking and after getting burned out on Certification books went back and started reading NASA history because it was something from my childhood, plus around that time there were a lot of new bio's that came out like Chris Craft's "Flight" and Gene's book "Failure is not an option". Plus who could forget the Apollo 13 movie!
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I figured that out quick, I adapted dumping most of the stuff I was going to talk about and moved on the models I had.

I had one kid stand in a spot as the earth and another one stand 10 feet away as the moon then explained the Saturn V stages and explained how it got into orbit and how they did the orbital checkouts then fired the last stage for the moon and I circled around in the right TLI figure 8 path to the kid who was the moon and using my CSM/LM model I showed how they landed and took off and came home.

That was probably the biggest deal to the kids, and the time they were the most quiet and interested.

I also just took an old water bottle in and explained the fuel tank and how the engines worked and that when the tanks were empty they jettisoned them so they could save weight and make the ship faster.

It lasted about 45 mintues before I ran out of things to show and the kids got antsy.

I was happy to get a couple good questions which showed some of them were listening.

Very fun time, and I made use of what I had around the house.
Sounds like it went great.

I find that kids of all ages also love trying their hand at two-liter water rockets. Have you ever tried those? We got the kids at my son's school so interested that the science teacher started making it into a competition each year. They are pretty easy to make, and the kids get to learn about power/weight ratios, basic rocket designs, etc. then put it all to use.
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I'd just show them the Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk goes back in time and saves the space program.

That'll get them off on the right foot. To heck with this Gene Krantz stuff.


I did think about bringing my old Dinky metal Enterprise toy as a joke but was afraid I would confuse them. I do regret not bringing it now because they would have enjoyed seeing it.

Funny you mention "Assignment Earth" I just rewatched it with my daughter and forgot they used stock footage of one of the Saturn V test launches (Apollo 2-6) as Apollo was shutdown in 1967 after the Apollo1 Fire. Anyway to make a long story longer they used a camera angle from the LOX tank to pad 38A where the Saturn was stacked, we went on the VAB tour in June and the bus took us to the same point and we got some pictures of what is left of the Shuttle gantry with the LOX tower in it. I nearly did a spit take when I saw that shot as we were just there.
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Sounds like it went great.

I find that kids of all ages also love trying their hand at two-liter water rockets. Have you ever tried those? We got the kids at my son's school so interested that the science teacher started making it into a competition each year. They are pretty easy to make, and the kids get to learn about power/weight ratios, basic rocket designs, etc. then put it all to use.
That was the reason I used the water bottle I was going to tell them they could make a rocket out of it but I had to switch gears and go right to the demo of the stages and liftoff because they were getting antsy. They were so antsy I forgot to have them help me with the countdown for liftoff but no one seemed to mind.

I also wanted to make a model of the Spuntink but I don't think they would have understood it anyway the best part was when I had them help me and when I showed off the set of model car sized rockets we bought him at KSC. I did tell the teacher afterwards that they could spend craft time making their own satellites and use their imaginations.

I kept trying to tell them to imagine their own space adventures and that maybe some of them would be interested enough that they might someday be a part of the SLS program... if it doesn't get cut.
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As a follow up just blow some **** up just like the footage of all our rockets in the beginning of the Right Stuff.

They'll love that.
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The teachers knew Carl had brought in all sorts of Space books for book days and they heard him talk about the Saturn V he saw on our trip so I told them I could do a short (1,2,6,or 8 hour) Discussion on the Space Program!

I am going to start with Verne, Wells, And Bradbury (since he just died) and go over overviews of how we got from the Wright Brothers Flyer in 1903 through to Freedom 7 then what Mecury/Gemini/Apollo were to the trouble we had with Apollo 1 and 13 and how we discovered how the moon came into being.

I will also go over the Skylab, Mir, IIS and the robotic mission Curiosity that lands August 6th and Voyager's 1 & 2, Maybe Cassini and other robotic missions before getting back to the shuttle program and a big finish with the new SLS Platform that will happen in their lifetimes.

I am going to use my CM/SM/LM toy to show how the Saturn V took off from the Earth and fired the last stage to get out of Earth orbit and on to the Moon (Trans Lunar injection) and then braked for moon orbit on the dark side then landed then returned to the CM then fired the SM rocket to perform the Trans-Earth injection then broke though the atsmophere and landed in the ocean.

Going to be lots of fun for me an hopefully I have enough things to keep them interactive during the presentation.

Of Course there will be a chapter about why Gene Kranz is such a stud and how the Astronauts would be lost without him.

Let me know if I left anything out!
I wanna see the presentation. My dad is a physicist/geologist. He worked in petroleum (environmental management) but he loves the space stuff.

I want to learn more about the astrophysics stuff. I've been up to my ears in stats, calc and trig because I'm trying to start my Phd in Econ (applied to Georgetown, DU and Maastricht Uni in the Netherlands) and I didn't do well enough in Math on the entrance exam to start at this fall. It sucks.
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