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"Living the Dream", School Journal Story Library, level 3, March 2017

03 March 2017

Living the Dream cover and introduction on literacy online.

Living the Dream is an interview with aerospace engineer and NASA employee Mana Vautier.

You can read or listen to this story to hear about where Mana’s love of space came from and how he got his job at NASA. You also learn what his job involves, his career highlights, and the process for becoming an astronaut.

You can find teacher support materials and a sound file of the recorded interview here: Instructional series search: Living the Dream", School Journal Story Library, level 3, 2017

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Discussion questions

Discussion questions could include:

  • What societal issues influenced the development of space shuttles?
  • Where can you see the NASA staff carrying out planning when making a space shuttle?
  • How do they select resources when making the shuttle ?
  • How do they test a space shuttle?
  • What knowledge did Mana mention that an aerospace engineer needs to have?
  • What other knowledge can you identify in the documentary that people who work in the space industry need?
  • Explore some of the changes made to the space shuttle over time. Why do you think these changes occurred?

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • describe how societal and/or environmental issues can influence what people decided to make, how they would undertake planning, the selection of resources, and how they would make and test an outcome
  • explain why particular technological outcomes have changed over time
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the social world over time
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the natural world over time
  • identify that technological knowledge is knowledge that technologists agree is useful in ensuring a successful outcome

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