Discover how scientists and engineers help astronauts live and work on the International Space Station (ISS). See what life is like for the astronauts on the ISS and the challenges they face.

Conduct experiments to identify the best materials for a space suit and for an astronaut’s nappy! Try some astronaut food; and see the fiery demise of astronauts’ rubbish. 

By the end of the workshops students will have discovered:

  • What it is like to live on the International Space Station and how astronauts work, exercise, sleep and eat in space.
  • How to test the properties of materials using a range of lab equipment and experience the properties of some unusual materials.
  • How engineers use their knowledge of material properties to design space suits.
  • The beauty and wonder of being in space.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 Science

  • Properties & changes of materials
  • Working scientifically


Key Stage 2 Design technology

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