Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition as students (aged 8 to 12 years old) are encouraged to “train like an astronaut.”
Mission X is focuses on fitness and nutrition because we know that a healthy body is necessary to be a ‘Fit Explorer!’ The World Health Organization has designated childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century – and diet, physical activity, and health are the best answers to this largely preventable problem. Astronauts know the vital importance of physical training for mission success.
Teams of primary students will learn principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules. Students will practice scientific reasoning and teamwork while participating in hands-on training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and more.
Train Like an Astronaut mission activities include: Base Station Walkback; Crew Strength Training; Do a Spacewalk; Mission: CONTROL!; Jump for the Moon; Explore and Discover; Agility Astro-Course; Speed of Light; Building an Astronaut Core; Crew Assembly; Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain; Planet you GO, Gravity you Find; Get on Your Space Cycle; and Space Roll and Roll. Educational science modules include: Living Bones, Strong Bones; Hydration Station; Energy of an Astronaut; and Reduced Gravity, Low Fat.
Schools and Teachers interested in participating should send an email to the country point of contact who will give more information on how to register etc. The Mission X official website has all the activities translated in several languages.
Mission X official website: http://trainlikeanastronaut.org
You can also read more about Mission X 2014 on the recent article on ESA’s website.
ESA Article: Mission-X_jump_for_the_Moon
The Irish Point of Contact for this project is Ria O’Sullivan at Blackrock Castle Observatory