Middle School


NSBRI has a series of educational units for use in fourth- through eighth-grade classrooms. The free guides contain activities that allow students to learn about the human body on Earth and in space. The areas covered by these guides include:
  • Heart and circulatory system
  • Muscle and bone structure and function
  • Sleep and circadian rhythm
  • Fitness, energy needs and the food pyramid
  • Neurobiology, vestibular function and spatial orientation
The guides are teacher-ready and meet National Science Education Standards. The activities in each guide are stand-alone and can be easily modified by the teacher.

Another spaceflight-based resource is the Butterflies in Space Teacher's Guide that allows teachers and students to replicate an experiment conducted in space.

Also, students can learn about specific NSBRI projects through a series of podcasts and then do activities related to the projects' research areas.