When NASA couldn’t find a space-suit to fit an astronaut, the Creativity Shell said, “let’s teach the children to make their own!”
The Creativity Shell is a nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. The organization teaches sewing/textile arts and other trades classes to students in our private studios, libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness, trauma and human trafficking. Their classes are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills.
With what was supposed to be a historic spacewalk for female astronaut Anne McClain, turned into a solemn event because NASA did not have a spacesuit to fit her frame.
According to an article written for NPR by Matthew Schwartz, “the availability of enough spacesuit sizes has long been a bit of a sensitive subject for NASA. As NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce reported in 2006, opportunities for women may have been hampered by the fact that spacesuits only came in medium, large and extra-large sizes. They used to come in small, but that size was cut in the 1990s when NASA had to redesign the suits because of a technical glitch.
That meant anyone who was on the smaller side wouldn’t be able to make a spacewalk, astronaut Mike Fincke told Greenfieldboyce. And when the agency looked into the issue in 2003, it found that about a third of its female astronauts couldn’t fit into existing suits.”
At the Creativity Shell’s Space Camp children will learn to make their own spacesuits, helmets, space boots/gloves, jetpacks and insulated lunch bags! Students will also get the opportunity to create their own rocket ship, learn about and eat freeze dried foods and will also dabble into flying drones!
The Creativity Shell is hoping that by the time children become old enough to complete their own space-walk, they will have the skills necessary to make their own clothing and accessories for the journey. The organization is also hoping that if NASA ever needs help in making more spacesuits, the children will have the skills necessary to do so.
To register for space camp:
Date: June 24 – 28, 2019
Time:10AM – 2PM
Location:Creativity Shell Kingwood Studio
Price:$250/Week or $60/Day (if space is available)
Register Creativity Shell Kingwood: https://app.mainstreetsites.com/dmn3570/class.aspx?cls=642813
Register Creativity Shell Museum District: https://app.mainstreetsites.com/dmn3570/class.aspx?cls=663137