Train Like An Astronaut? It is Mission X Time!
Ever wanted to find out how astronauts train? Ever wondered how fit they need to be? Ever considered the diet and nutrition an astronaut needs?
Then here is your opportunity to learn all about it and answer your questions and help improve the health of your students!
Mission X is an exciting challenge for budding astronauts or those with an interest in space and offers an amazing array of project ideas that will engage students aged 8 to 12.
Teams of students wotk together, completing activities to earn points to help the Mission X mascots, Luna and Leo, walk to the Moon. There are two sets of hands-on activities that support the challenge:
- physical activities, which help students develop strength, endurance, coordination and spatial awareness
- scientific activities which focus on STEM subjects and allow students to practice scientific reasoning and teamwork
The activities have been developed with scientists and fitness professionals working with astronauts and space agencies, and are linked to science and physical education. They can be adapted for all ages and are a great way to encourage students to explore their own fitness and health. This amazing space themed international challenge has been running for 10 years and is available throughout the year, with the Walk to the Moon Challenge running from January to May.
Mission X is free to take part in and can be run within a STEM Club, during curriculum time or through a combination of both. The challenge is designed to last for six weeks, but you can set your own timeline to fit the needs of your club. You can download the free teacher guide before registering for the challenge, it is a super opportunity for schools to work collaboratively across departments, year groups, with other schools or to link with a STEM Ambassador.
Register today and release your inner astronaut!