Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Nickelodeon Launches 'Slime In Space: A Virtual Field Trip'

Nickelodeon worked with astronauts to test out slime in space! The result is a virtual field trip complete with activities for teachers and parents to share with their students.

A bag of Nickelodeon green slime floats above Earth inside the Cupola aboard the International Space Station. (Nickelodeon)

What happens when you send Nickelodeon slime to space? That pressing question was exactly what a group of NASA astronauts set out to answer, and now Nickelodeon wants you and your kids to come along for the ride! This free 15-minute virtual field trip will take kids 250 miles above earth to the International Space Station. There, they will learn along with the astronauts as they demonstrate how slime reacts in a microgravity environment compared to how water reacts in the same environment.

Watch the virtual field trip now on - It's truly out of this world and a fantastic (wonderfully messy) way to learn!

You'll see just how far slime will travel when shot out of a giant syringe, and what happens when you pop a slime balloon in an environment where liquids are weightless. Will it float? Will it plop to the ground and make a huge mess? We'll find out! A favorite moment is when the astronauts play ping pong with floating balls of slime! Who doesn't want to watch astronauts play slime ping pong in space?!

Along the way, kids will be introduced to key vocabulary terms like viscosity and hypothesis and learn about non-Newtonian fluids in a way that's easy to understand.

Meanwhile back on Earth, host Nick Uhas, scientist Rihana Mungin, and a group of young students try to reproduce several of the slime demonstrations that the astronauts perform, and compare the two. They learn important scientific concepts and create an awesome green slime mess along the way. Comparing how slime and water squirt out of syringes or the difference between the splat of a water balloon and a slime balloon is science your students will remember!

Who should watch the virtual field trip? Anyone who loves science, space, and slime!

Classroom Resources

Teachers and parents can show the field trip on its own or use the teaching materials and printables available on the resources tab of Nickelodeon's Slime in Space hub. These guides were created with grades 3-5 in mind but are easily adaptable to other ages.

The teacher’s guide to the virtual field trip includes pre- and post-viewing activities for students, relevant scientific terms, and extension ideas. These activities help reinforce the lessons learned in the virtual field trip and help students gain a deeper understanding of the scientific process, microgravity, force, and viscosity.

Teachers can apply for the Slime in Space: A Virtual Field Trip Teaching Guide at

Learn more about the International Space Station by downloading this poster.

Track and view the station from your home by visiting the Spot the Station site.

Organized by the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, the Slime in Space voyage, or "Non-Newtonian Fluids in Microgravity," project was aimed at creating educational videos and other content to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts to Nickelodeon's target audience, elementary and middle school students.

"Slime is a non-Newtonian fluid, a material in which its viscosity (resistance to flow) changes based on the amount of shear stress applied to it — for example, through squeezing or stirring," explained the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the non-profit organization that manages the National Lab for NASA.

Packaged in its own specially-labeled "Slime Bag," the green fluid launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft with other science experiments and supplies for the space station's Expedition 61 crew in July 2019.

Since the early days of human spaceflight, astronauts have reported delight while observing the behavior of liquids in microgravity, from water blobs to quickly-decarbonated soda balls. It has not been all for fun, though, as past experiments have helped improve the design of fuel tanks and microfluidic devices for medical applications.

In addition to filming the slime experiment for Nickelodeon using traditional video cameras, the demonstration was also captured using a virtual reality (VR) 360-degree camera.

Nickelodeon gave viewers a sneak peek of Slime in Space during Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together on Saturday, May 2.

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Originally published: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 at 21:37 BST.
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