Engineering in Space Activity Box

Learn about engineering and space!
Related Engineering Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics
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Engineering Activity Box Extensions and Tips

Places in Space: Make your own trivia cards for the board game. Play with more than two
players - find small items at home to use as game pieces. Can you think of other ways to
modify the game? Check out the 2017 recruitment campaign on the CSA’s website.

Spacesuit Design: What are other extreme conditions that an astronaut might face? Can
you think of an experiment that will test your spacesuit against those conditions?

Astronaut Glovebox: If you want to play with a friend, punch out the holes in the other
side of the box, and attach a second pair of gloves. Look up “Microgravity Science
Glovebox” on YouTube and see the glovebox on the ISS in action!

Abby Lacson 

Abby Lacson

Ever since Abby was 15 years old, she’s dreamed of going into space. She has made it her life long goal to work in the space industry and to one day work in space as an astronaut. Abby has recently graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta and loves to educate younger generations about space exploration.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment would be starting the University of Alberta’s rocketry team
STARR and inspiring other students to pursue their space goals. I inspired others by getting them involved with my capstone project in my final year, where I partnered with a Canadian space company and presented my project with my team.

What is your favorite fact about space?
The International Space Station was built module by module (piece by piece) orbiting approximately 400 km away from the Earth’s surface.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
It would definitely have to be “I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)” from Moana the Disney movie!

Want to learn more about space? Check out the following recommended resources.
Other Resources:


Corey Gray

Corey Gray

Corey Gray is a member of the Siksika Nation of Alberta. He grew up in southern California and received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Humboldt State University. After university, he was hired by Caltech in 1998 to work for the astronomy project LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory) in Washington state. At LIGO, Corey worked on teams to both build and operate gravitational wave detectors. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) made historic news in 2016 by announcing their first direct detection of gravitational waves, which helps prove a prediction made 100 years earlier by Albert Einstein!

What made you want to study space?
I’m not really sure. I took the first job I could find after college. I actually did not know much
about gravitational wave astronomy - back then it was only in the idea stage (other than
indirect detections of gravitational waves).

How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do now?
I think I would be amazed! I would be amazed that I could get up to give a talk in front of hundreds of people! Of course, I would also be in awe for working with the science of Einstein and smashing black holes!

What is your favorite thing about your career?
Although I’m shy, I’ve learned to love science communication.

Want to learn more about Corey and space? Check out the following social media sites and recommended resources!
Corey: Twitter ;
Other Resources: LIGO Press Conference ; LIGO Feel That Space


Kelsey Doerksen

Kelsey Doerksen

Kelsey Doerksen is a Space Systems Engineer and Satellite Operator at Planet in San Francisco, California. She operates the world's largest Earth Observation satellite constellation. Before working at Planet, Kelsey was a part of the Machine Learning Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. She holds a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being accepted out of 600 applicants to visit Caltech and the NASA jet propulsion laboratory as a part of the Caltech Space Challenge, and winning the challenge!

What is your favourite fact about space?
Space is always expanding and our universe is always getting bigger!

What is your favourite movie?
Big Hero Six

Want to learn more about Kelsey? Check out the following social media sites.
Kelsey: Twitter


Marc Evans

Marc Evans

Marc holds degrees from the University of Alberta (Engineering Management, 2012) and the University of Ottawa (Mechanical Engineering, 2007). Since graduation, Marc has held a number of engineering and management roles at Med-Eng, a world-leading company in the development of specialized bomb suits, tools, sensors, and robots used by bomb disposal experts. Marc was lucky enough to be selected as a finalist in the 2017 Canadian astronaut recruitment campaign. Currently living in Ottawa, Marc is a project engineer with the Department of National Defence, supporting the Canadian Special Operations Forces.

What made you want to study space?
It’s all about the challenge! The innovations from the space race put people on the moon. Unprecedented international collaboration on the International Space Station established a permanent human presence in space. Our next frontier, Mars, offers the harshest conditions yet and brings a whole host of new human and technological challenges to conquer. These are pivotal accomplishments in human history so who wouldn’t want to study and be a part of that?!

What is your favorite thing about your career?
I am very fortunate in my current role, as I get to work on extremely diverse projects which expose me to many different aspects of engineering. It keeps things interesting and forces you to keep learning every day. It hardly feels like work!

What is your favorite constellation?
Orion’s got a pretty nice belt but I prefer watching for passing satellites or the ISS.

Want to learn more about space? Check out the following recommended resources!
Other Resources: Canadian Space Agency ; NASA ;  SpaceX

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