This material is part of the NASA document, Space Educator's Handbook. Students will sketch and analyze science fiction rockets, robots found in movies, comics or novels.
Ask the students to find:
(1) What technology exhibited by these sci-fi devices is currently possible? (Study existing technology - space shuttles, space stations, lasers, robots - similar to the selected items.)
(2) What is probably not possible with today's technology?
(3) What new technology is needed to make the science fiction devices work?
(4) Finally, for extra credit, design (add to the original sketch) items overlooked by the science fiction author or artist that should have been included to make the science fiction device work.