SpaceX Dragon

You are an aeronautical engineer hired by SpaceX to help them design the next version of their Dragon spacecraft.    

Use your understanding of volume and ratio to design a capsule to bring expandable living quarter modules to the International Space Station.

Grade 8  |  Geometry |  Time: 55 minutes
Common Core State Standards: 8.G.9
Careers: Engineering & Design

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Let's go to outer space!

Understand how SpaceX rockets work and about the expandable modules - the living spaces or homes - (called BEAMs) that they carry.

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Are we ready to launch the BEAMS?

Determine the volume of trunk space  - and extensions - in SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft for carrying cargo. How many BEAMs will fit?


Design your own Space Hotel!

Include dimensions and capacity based on NASA's recommended volume of living space for each person in space. 

Apply math concepts in real-world scenarios. Build critical thinking and reasoning skills. 
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