SPACE TRUNKS

Our Space Trunks were designed to be self-contained educational resources for teachers. The trunks contain tabletop activities, curriculum, and audio/visual components. The tabletop activities have been designed student groups of various sizes. Curricula materials are included to help the teacher enhance the tabletop activities, along with various videos, posters, and CDs geared towards a wide variety of ages. These trunks can easily be shipped to rural communities all over the state of Wyoming. The Wyoming NASA Space Grant pays for all shipping costs.

REQUESTING A SPACE TRUNK

Please use ONE of the following methods to request a Space Trunk:

If you have not received a response from us within two business days, please contact the Wyoming NASA Space Grant office.

AVAILABLE SPACE TRUNKS

We currently offer the following Space Trunks:

  • GPS/GIS TRUNK
    • Curriculum title: Teaching Ecology Using Ecosystems, GPS, and GIS
    • Suitable for all grades
    • Students will learn about ecology and ecosystems with GPS. They will understand levels of diversity within ecosystems on a spatial scale, understand the role of disturbance and succession on a temporal scale, and understand the roles of mapping, GPS, and GIS in ecological studies.
    • Includes 20 Garmin eTrex GPS units, laminated GPS instructions, and a USB drive with PowerPoints, curriculum, and data files
    • Click on the following links for files: GPS instructionsCurriculum unit, GPS, GISMapping Ecosystems
  • TELESCOPES TRUNK
    • Curriculum title: Hands-On Optics – Terrific Telescopes
    • Suitable for grades 7–9
    • Students will explore basic properties of positive lenses. Positive lenses are used to focus rays of light to create images. Through the use of hands-on activities, exciting experiments, and teacher-lead demonstrations, the students will lean how light is refracted, find the properties of lenses, learn how to use lenses as simple magnifiers, and how to combine two lenses to create a simple refracting telescope.
    • Click on the following links for files: Materials Contained in the Telescope Kit, Teacher’s Information and Guide, Project Star Telescope
  • ROCKETS TRUNK CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE (BEING UPDATED!)
    • Curriculum title: Rockets!
    • Suitable for grades 3–5
    • The activities and materials in this kit have been created to help students better understand how rockets work. In particular, Newton’s Third Law of Motion (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction) is stressed. The NASA Rocket Educator Guide is included which contains additional activities.
    • Click on the following links for files: Picture of Trunk Contents, Teacher’s Information and Guide

Please note these trunks are very large and heavy (the Telescope Trunk is about 75 pounds). They do have handles and wheels, but they may require two people to move if they have to be carried up stairs or over/through any obstacles.

Stay tuned for new NASA-themed traveling space trunks or science kits coming soon!

QUESTIONS?

  • Phone:  (307) 766-2862 or (307) 766-2987
  • E-mail:  wsgc@uwyo.edu