National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Mississippi Space Grant Consortium Annual Teachers Conference. University of Southern Mississippi. January 26, 2007. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA’s Toy Box Presented by: Diana Nunez Aerospace Education Specialist
Mississippi Space Grant Consortium
Annual Teachers Conference
University of Southern Mississippi
January 26, 2007
NASA’s Toy Box
Aerospace Education Specialist
Educator Resource Center Coordinator
Mississippi Space Services (MSS)
John C. Stennis Space Center
Attract and retain students in STEM disciplines
Strengthen NASA and the Nation’s future workforce
Engage Americans in NASA’s mission
Grades: 5 – 12
Purpose: To explore physics concepts while having fun with toys!
Toys in Space I
Space Shuttle Discovery
Toys in Space II
Space Shuttle Endeavour
International Toys in Space
International Space Station
Toys in Space
Toys in Space II
International Toys in Space Cost: $409 Toys
Toys in Space 2
Gravity is a force of attraction between objects.
The more massive the object, the greater the pull. However, the object has to be really massive, like Earth,
for the pull to be obvious.
microgravity when . . . .
NASA at the Amusement Park
What effect does gravity have on a falling can of water with a hole punched near the bottom?
Precision Air Bearing Floor (PABF)
mass × velocity × distance (from point object is spinning or orbiting around)
Whirl a yo-yo around on the end of its string.
What will happen when you let go of the string?
Why does a satellite orbit
Force = mass X acceleration
F = m X a
F = m X a
Objects move forward
by pushing backward on
a surface or on a fluid.
Observe colliding marbles to demonstrate the law of conservation of momentum.
Educator Activity Guide
Throw the boomerang with a vertical spin.
On Earth, a spinning boomerang exhibits angular momentum.
Boomerang does not return unless it is spinning.
Faster it is spinning and the more upward the curve of the blades, the more quickly it returns – Newton’s Second Law of Motion.
Gravity causes the boomerang to fall.
Blades act as propellers pushing back against the air and propelling it forward - Aerodynamics.
Axis of boomerang changes from vertical to horizontal causing it to return to thrower.Toys in SpaceBoomerang
- Newton’s First Law of Motion.
Make your own kendama with
a dixie cup, craft stick, string
and a ping pong ball.
When the rope circles in one direction, the free-floating astronaut may swing around in the other direction to conserveangular momentum.
The circular motion where you hit the ball at the bottom of each circle could not be mastered in space. There was no force (gravity) to hold the ball down at the bottom of the circle and it kept circling the handle with the other ball - momentum.Toys in SpaceKlackers
Show Basketball movie clip
from Toys in Space II DVD
Show Car and Track movie
clip from Toys in Space II DVD