Gravity is our friend when eating a meal on Earth. Food stays on the plate. Drinks stay in the cup. Friends and family stay in their seats. But in the microgravity of space, food and drink have a tendency to float away. Grade I South to the rescue!
Their challenge was to design containers that would enable astronauts to eat and drink in space. To kick things off, the first graders watched several NASA videos, showing what it takes to eat, drink, or make a sandwich in space. Here’s one they saw of astronaut Jack Fisher eating pudding on the International Space Station. Don’t try this at home!
Then students designed and built containers that would prevent things from floating away while still providing convenient access for eating. “Remember,” said makerspace assistant manager Francesco Cupolo, “no eating in the Hub. Use the materials to experiment. But no food or materials go in your mouth, like the straws!” The budding engineers chose either Cheerios, pudding, or water as the astronaut meal and set to designing a suitable container.