Purdue Space Day Activities
We had a great time during the 2019 event! Check out the cool activities we had below.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has landed astronauts on Mars, and they need your help! Now that the astronauts have landed, they realized that they need a vehicle to drive around in. They don’t want to walk, after all. NASA would like you to design a balloon-powered rover for them.
Nearly 50 years ago, 3 brave men ventured beyond the friendly confines of Earth with a destination in mind: the Moon! How did Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins get there? On one the largest rockets to ever exist, the SATURN V. Learn about the incredible technology that enabled humans to reach for the stars, and try your hand at building your own rocket! How will you design your system that can fly the highest? After testing your rocket through a few launches, consider how you can change your design to get more altitude! Learn about rockets and the design process with Stomp Rockets!
Welcome NASA engineers and designers! As you probably have heard we are working to put a human on Mars soon! However, before we do that, we need to figure out how to get back. We are testing a new space capsule for this purpose! However, we need to work out the logistics of how we are going to safely land this capsule in the water. This is what all of you are here to help us figure out!
YOU are an engineer in Mission Control. You and your colleagues are some of the brightest minds in the country and have been working tirelessly to help these three brave astronauts come home safely. Now you must do the impossible – build a new filter from nothing but the spare parts and garbage on board the spacecraft. In your boxes, you have the same supplies that the astronauts on board Apollo 13 have. Your task is to find a way to vent carbon dioxide from the machine to outside of the room. You have 20 minutes. Good luck!
Welcome to Launchpad 39! This is the site where the rocket that took us to the Moon first launched from in 1969. Today, we will be using this historic launchpad to send satellites to space. There are nearly 2,300 satellites in space! How do we transport these important devices to space? With lots of engineering and time! Try your hand at building and launching your own satellites. Additionally, don’t forget how important material selection is for engineering and launching satellites.
Rockets are the vehicles that allow us to journey into space and to other worlds. They work via Newton’s Third Law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of chemical and electrical rockets, gases are expelled at very high speeds through a nozzle and this produces thrust that pushes the rocket forward. In order to lift off the ground, the rocket needs to produce enough thrust to counteract gravity and drag on the rocket. Launch rockets high into the sky using nothing but air pressure and a bit of water!
Mars Rovers: Purdue EPICS
For more information about EPICS, visit the EPICS web site.
Hydraulic Arm: Purdue EPICS
The Gemini spacecraft needed a way to get back down to Earth from space. NASA engineers settled on the Rogallo wing, a paraglider for astronauts! By understanding the principles of flight and designing the perfect wing, your astronauts will be able to glide gently to safety!