Join students Sophie, Tomás, Emma, and Marcus during Fifth Period! This STEM comic strip chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from their kooky, inspiring, off-the-wall science teacher, Mr. Kepler. When they're not in class, these kids love to explore the vast world of STEM on their own, launching weather balloons, programming computer games, and cataloging insects, sometimes with unpredictable and highly entertaining results!
Check back on the first and third Friday of every month for a new Fifth Period strip!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat—or…do anything—in orbit around Earth? Whatever it is, the zero-G (or microgravity) environment of space makes it much more interesting! Luckily for Mr. Kepler, he need not worry about his sandwich floating apart (regular astronaut fare doesn’t include sandwiches), but it would if he had forgotten toothpicks to fasten the ingredients together.
Actually, Mr. Kepler and his sandwich ingredients (and the whole spaceship around them) aren’t floating so much as they are falling—really, really, REALLY fast. That’s what happens when something is in orbit around the Earth. Usually, when a projectile (like a spaceship) is launched away from Earth, the planet’s gravitational pull will bring it back down if it’s going too slow. If the projectile is launched too fast, it can break free from the gravitational pull. BUT, if you time it just right, the projectile will be going just fast enough NOT to be pulled back to Earth, but unable break free! How does this work? You can learn more about orbits here and more about microgravity here.
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Get a glimpse of what life is like in orbit around the Earth. Join astronaut Chris Hadfield as he attempts to make a burrito in space! It just goes to show, microgravity shouldn’t be taken lightly!