Models of Space Craft
We have used models in a number of ways on Space Camps. Children have been challenged to design and build their own original rockets and a Martian habitat which has been a wonderful creative way for them to apply their scientific learning.
One of the camps coincided with the successful launch of Light Sail so we learnt all about how it worked and built models of those - there were some great links with 2D and 3D shape. We even taped one of the Light Sails to a water rocket and tried to launch it into Space - that didn't go too well.
Group model building challenges work really well, where children are in teams and are asked to work together to build a model of something specific such as the ISS. They are given no more guidance than that, so it is a real exercise in problem solving and team work.
With our younger Space Campers we have done junk modelling on a large scale - building rockets they can actually climb in to. This tied in beautifully with our Wallace and Gromit ''A Grand Day Out' theme where they built their rockets and then flew to the Moon for a picnic.
Resources and Links
- A collection of NASA templates to build models of a variety of Spacecraft can be found here.
- A fantastic template to make a model of Rosetta is available from the ESA website here, this is more suitable for younger children and there are a wonderful set of cartoons to explain how ESA landed Rosetta on a comet which you can view here.
- Build the International Space Station resource can be found here.