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Spiders in Space

Author(s): Gregory L. Vogt, EdD, Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, and Stefanie Countryman, MBA.
Spiders in Space

Female Golden Silk Orbweaver, Tallahasse, Florida.
© Josh Hillman, used with permission.

  • Grades:
  • K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Students conduct open-ended scientific investigations to discover how gravity and microgravity affect the life cycle and web design of Nephila clavipes (orb-weaver spiders).

Activities in the Spiders in Space Teacher's Guide are appropriate for all grade levels.

Developed and conducted in collaboration with BioServe Space Technologies of the University of Colorado, and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Download: Spiders in Space Teacher's Guide Download: Classroom Slides


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.


Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education; Opening Pathways for Teacher Instructional Opportunities in Natural Sciences


Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Science Education Leadership Fellows Program
Grant Numbers: 51006084, 51004102, 51000105

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