shortyadamk writes: According to the Government Services Administration auction page, "Attention GSA Auctions bidders and interested participants. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Space Shuttle Program has retired and NASA has partnered with GSA Auctions to sell the many shuttle related items through a series of auctions in 2012." The only catch is that you must be a U.S. Citizen and schedule a visit 48 hours ahead of time to pick up your item.
I'm not really sure which piece of the shuttle I'd want the most... Those robotic arms are pretty sweet.
shortyadamk writes: "I just started a new job where I will have to visit many high school science classes and have the students participate in 1-3 day projects regarding sustainable energies and environmental sciences (in order to promote the regional universities programs). I've looked at a number of the boxed projects available online and many of them are solar projects...My biggest issue with that is that we are in rural Alaska and much of the time I'll be visiting classes will be in the winter (when we have very little sunlight and even if we did it would be too cold to go and play in). I'm curious if anyone has any ideas or suggestions for demonstrations and projects that can be done in the classroom and do not require sunlight. One other catch is that the project has to be small enough to fit in a suitcase or plastic tote, we don't have any roads connecting the villages so I will have to fly the project from school to school with me."