Wed, Sep 14, 2011
Lesson Plans Available For Teachers To Accompany Heat Shield
It almost sounds like a space-themed garage sale ... but NASA is
offering space shuttle heat shield tiles and dehydrated astronaut
food to eligible schools and universities. The initiative is part
of the agency's efforts to preserve the Space Shuttle Program's
history and technology and inspire the next generation of space
explorers, scientists and engineers.
Shuttle Heat Shield Tiles NASA
The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme
temperatures when the orbiters re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.
The food, which was precooked or processed so that refrigeration is
unnecessary, is ready to eat or could be prepared simply by adding
water or by heating.
Eligible institutions use National Center for Education
Statistics or Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
numbers assigned by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for
the artifacts. Requests will be filled on a first-come,
Because the tiles and food are government property, a transfer
protocol is observed. Recipients will be responsible for a shipping
and handling fee, which is payable to the shipping company through
a secure website. "Tiles for Teachers" are offered for the shipping
and handling fee of $23.40. "Space Food for Schools" is offered in
one package containing about three space food items for a shipping
and handling fee of $28.03.
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