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Engineering a Spacesuit Using Heat Transfer Knowledge (Curriculum Exchange)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Curriculum Exchange

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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Page Numbers

26.610.1 - 26.610.3



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Greg Bartus Stevens Institute of Technology

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Greg is an Adjunct Teaching Professor and Senior Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist in STEM Education for the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology. Greg has an MAT and BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University.

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Title: Engineering a Spacesuit using Heat Transfer Knowledge (Curriculum  Exchange)  Abstract:   A common question students ask while studying the solar system is “how long would it take to get to Mars?”  One challenge in localized space travel for humans is controlling heat transfer during spacewalks; for temperatures rise dramatically when exposed to the Sun and plummet when not.  This engineering activity (tested for elementary, adaptable for grades 3­12) allows students to test materials for radiation and conduction properties and then design a spacesuit during a typical unit on heat.   

Bartus, G. (2015, June), Engineering a Spacesuit Using Heat Transfer Knowledge (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23948

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