In order to create a great presentation to convince the Museum to include your chosen invention, follow all the instructions.  Your steps are listed below.  Good luck, Cadets!

Get Organized

1.  The Space Manager (teacher) will give each of you a puzzle piece.  You will find the other two students who have pieces that fit to your puzzle piece.  The three of you will form an Expert Group.

2.  It's time for your Expert Group to explore and get your brains working!  Go to NASA Spin-offs and NASA City & Home  I just want you to explore.  You will have 20 minutes.

3.  Now that you have explored on your own, we will create an anchor chart together of what things we need to look for to find a "museum worthy" invention.

4.  You now have 20 minutes to explore the sites again to decide which of the inventions listed on the anchor chart in the front of the room you would like to see put in the Museum.

5.  Then your Expert Group will choice an invention to research from the list written on the anchor chart at the front of the room and notify the Space Manager of the invention you have chosen.

6.  Now look on the back of the puzzle piece from before.  If you have a 1 on your puzzle piece, you will be the Historian for your Expert Group.  If you have a 2 on your puzzle piece, you will be the Technician for your group.  If you have a 3 on your puzzle piece, you will be the Modernist for your group. 


Investigation Time!

Each Space Cadet in your Expert Group will investigate information for their role.  After researching, the information will be brought back to discuss with your Expert Group.  Each partner will be given a chance to offer suggestions and ask questions of each team member.  The resources you will use and specific job information is listed below.  You will have 40 minutes to research and 30 minutes to share with your Expert Group.  The first rubric listed on the Evaluation tab will be used to assess the work you do in your role.  Remember to use a story board to help you organize your research as you go!


Your job is to investigate the history of your invention.  Some things to consider might be who invented it, where it was invented, when it was invented, variations of the invention over the years, different purposes it has had over the years, and how it began with NASA. Use this graphic organizer to record your information.  Historian Graphic Organizer.docx Use the links below.



Your job is to investigate what need the invention met in the space industry.  Tell specifically how it was used.  You will need to draw a diagram of your invention.    Tell how the space program may have been effected if this did not exist.  You also need to look for "Wow factors" for your invention.Use this graphic organizer to record your information. Technician Graphic Organizer.docx   Use the links below.



Your job is to investigate how your invention effects our lives today and what need the invention  meets today.  You also need to look for "Wow factors" for your invention.  Tell how our lives would be effected if this did not exist.  Use this graphic organizer to record your information. Modernist Graphic Organizer.docx  Use the links below.


Resources to Use


Sports Helmets

What Can I Wear?


Joystick Controllers

Spin Offs

Top 10 NASA Inventions

Flame-retardant Clothing

NASA Spin-offs

Fireproof Clothing


Fire-fighter Equipment

Apollo 11


Fireproof Clothing 

Invisible Braces

What Can I Wear?


Sun Tiger Glasses

What Can I Wear?


NASA Spinoffs Tiger Glasses


Extra Resources

NASA Spin-offs

NASA I Use Everyday 

Spin Off Innovations

Best of NASA Spin-offs

Amazing Kids

Spin Offs that Rock!

Benefits from Space

NASA:Home and City

Benefits of the Space Program

ThinkQuest: Spin-Offs 

You may also use the search engine in iCurio and DiscoveryEducation.


 Share Out & Create

Great job Space Cadets! Your research is done and know it is time to get creative. You will meet with your Expert Group and decide how you want to present your information to the Head Curator.  You may create a PowerPoint, Prezi, iMovie, poster, 3D exhibit. or any other multimedia product.  Let your imaginations rule!  The second rubric listed on the Evaluation tab will be used to assess your work on this final piece of the project.

The things that need to be included in your presentation are:

**This is very important.  This will be the reasons you will use to convince the Museum Curator to include your invention on the new exhibit.  You have to "sell" your invention to him.  Make him realize how important it is and that our lives would be drastically different today, if it didn't exist.  You must be PERSUASIVE!


After all Expert Groups are finished, we will present our final presentations to the Museum Curator (Principal) and his Assistant (Assistant Principal).  They will make the final decision as to which inventions will be included in the Museum! How exciting!