What happens when you send slime to space? Thanks to the astronauts stationed at the International Space Station, Nickelodeon was able to answer this pressing question, and your kids get to join in their discoveries!
This free 15-minute virtual field trip takes students 250 miles above the earth to the International Space Station. There, they will learn along with the astronauts as they demonstrate how slime reacts to microgravity compared to how water reacts in the same environment. Our favorite moment might be the astronauts playing ping pong with floating balls of slime!
Meanwhile back on Earth, host Nick Uhas, scientist Rihana Mungin, and a group of young students reproduce several of the slime demonstrations that the astronauts perform. They learn important scientific concepts and create an awesome green slime mess along the way. Comparing how slime and water squirt out of syringes or the difference between the splat of a water balloon and a slime balloon is science your students will remember!
Watch the virtual field trip here:
The teacher’s guide to the virtual field trip includes pre- and post- activities for students, relevant scientific terms, and extension ideas. These activities help reinforce the lessons learned in the virtual field trip and help students gain a deeper understanding of the scientific process, microgravity, force, and viscosity.
The guide and activities were created with grades 3-5 in mind, but can easily be adapted for other ages.
Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas