Learning objects Spacewalk game

TLF ID M012018

This is an interactive resource that explores the International Space Station through a Station Spacewalk Game in which participants conduct virtual NASA repair work on the International Space Station. In the game, participants leave the airlock and complete tasks executed by astronauts to help power up the space station so it can continue to operate. Each mission is called an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) and participants are provided with a limited supply of oxygen to complete the tasks, and must return to the airlock before the air supply runs out. The video game features simulations of actual EVAs conducted by NASA astronauts on missions to provide power to the space station. This resource requires the installation of the Unity Web Player software, which is available on the NASA website.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful and engaging resource for the year 7 science content description about Earth's gravity pulling objects towards the centre of the Earth. In this video game, students must focus on comparative activity in a situation of microgravity, and make appropriate changes relative to completing similar tasks on Earth.
  • This is a useful and engaging resource for the year 7 science content description that refers to change to an object's motion being caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object. In many of the mission's challenges students are required to move various items into place on the International Space Station, or to repair damage. This requires decision making about the direction of forces to be applied and comparative movement in a microgravity environment.
  • This resource can contribute to students attaining the achievement standard in years 7 science through representing and predicting the effects of unbalanced forces, including Earth's gravity, on motion. Students learn about the comparative behaviour of objects in a microgravity environment such as the International Space Station and that of objects influenced by Earth's gravity.
Year level

7

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: NASA
  • Organization: NASA
  • Description: Repository
  • Address: UNITED STATES
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: NASA
  • Organization: NASA
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: UNITED STATES
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Unknown
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
Rights
  • NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted. If not copyrighted, NASA material may be reproduced and distributed free of charge for noncommercial educational purposes without further permission from NASA. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material. If copyrighted, permission should be obtained from the copyright owner prior to use. Key image by Jesse Allen, NASA’s Earth Observatory using data courtesy of the MODIS Land Group.