Grades 6-8

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  • Spinoffs Everywhere!

    You will learn about NASA Spinoff technology. Just like an engineer you will use an Engineering Design Process to modify a NASA or Spinoff technology to solve a real-world problem.

    Using a combination of text, images and videos, create a Glogster Multimedia Poster, a “Glog,” that you will use to share your ideas with NASA.

    Let’s Get Started!
    Steps to Complete the Grades 6-8 OPSPARC Glog

    You will create areas on your Glog that match each of the four steps below.

    After you have read through the following steps and feel OPSPARC is for you, sign-up for an account, which will require your parent’s permission. You will be provided with the Design Packet, as mentioned in Step 2. Once you have done the necessary research and feel ready to start your Glog, then click on the “Get Started with Glogster” button.

    If you signed up last year, then you can skip the sign-up process and go to “Get Started with Glogster” to sign-in with your account from last year. By signing in, you will have access to this year’s Design Packet.

  • * Signed up last year? If yes, skip sign up and get started with Glogster.


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  • 1 Be a Researcher

    • Explore and research NASA Spinoff technologies by using the Resources page on this website.
    • Then demonstrate in one section of your Glog what you have learned by responding to the following:
      • In your own words, what is Spinoff technology?
      • Identify a Spinoff technology that you will modify to create your own Spinoff technology. Tell us about the Spinoff and how it works.
      • Post photographs or drawings of the original Spinoff technology in your Glog.

  • Image that says: be the spark

    Ignite Your Creative Thinking

    Click here for judging criteria:

    Grades 6-8 Rubrics

  • 2 Be an Engineer and Create your Own Spinoff

    • Use the Secondary School Design Packet to guide your thinking as you follow the steps of an Engineering Design Process (EDP).

      NOTE: Either you, your teacher, parent or team member must sign-up to receive the Design Packet.
    • When you have completed steps 1 – 5 in your Design Packet include your work for each step in your Glog. Questions and requirements are listed below to help guide your work.
      1. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM: State the problem clearly.
        • What have you learned that may lead to an innovative Spinoff technology? Keep a list of questions you have about Spinoff technology.
        • Pick one Spinoff to create an invention that uses the technology to solve a problem you identify in your home, school or neighborhood. Which mission originally used this technology?
        • What are the greatest obstacles you anticipate with designing your own Spinoff innovation?
      2. IDENTIFY THE CRITERIA AND CONSTRAINTS: What criteria and constraints should you consider as you create a new use for the technology? What criteria will be the most difficult to meet? Why?
      3. BRAINSTORM POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS: Include sketches and examples of your brainstormed ideas in your Glog.
      4. SELECT A DESIGN: Justify why you’ve selected your design.
      5. BUILD A MODEL: Include a video in your Glog that shows the process of building your model.

    3 Design Review

    • When you have completed steps 6 – 8 in the Design Packet create a video that documents these steps.
      1. TEST THE MODEL AND EVALUATE: Demonstrate testing the model. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your model.
      2. SHARE THE SOLUTION: Share what you have learned through trial and error.
      3. REFINE THE SOLUTION: Suggest ways that you might improve your design.

    4 Submit

    • Submit the OPSPARC Glogster Multimedia Poster no later than March 13, 2017 . Glogs will NOT be accepted unless ALL team members are registered and have received parent permission. You must tag team member usernames in the final Glog submitted.

    * All Glogs will be reviewed using the GLOG rubric for Grades 6-8. The top 10 Glogs will be posted for People’s Choice Voting in April. The Winning Glog will be selected by NASA personnel.

  • Engineering Design Process

    Graph with the Engineering Design Process, reads: identify the problem; identify criteria and constraints; brainstorm possible solutions; select a design; build a model or prototype; test the model and evaluate; refine the design; share the solution.


    Criteria are specific conditions that must be met to solve the problem.

    Constraints are factors that limit a solution.