Under the heading of "Cool stuff I learned while researching Finn's Rocket," we can add a small, Brooklyn based space suit design firm, Final Frontier Designs.
Ted Southern, a former costume designer who created sensational angel wings for Victoria's Secret runway models has teamed up with Russian space suit designer and engineer Nik Moiseev to create next generation space suits.
In particular, they are known for their advances in creating better gloves, so tricky and so vital to an astronaut's work while on a space walk.
I doubt Ted Southern knew his brilliant imagination and love of costume building would lead to his designs (hopefully) leaving the Earth someday.
We never know where our passions will lead us.
Having the great privilege of teaching arts-intgrated literacy for the past two years, and having always been a bit of a science fiction and science nerd, it's not really surprising that my thoughts should now turn to STEAM.
STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics
Looking for children in stories using their STEAM powers for good?
What you'll find in the Finn's adventure series are real kids with a fascination for cool gadgets, going faster, and going farther.
Finn's Car takes our hero to the Monaco Grand Prix of Kart Racing in a hybrid go-kart.
Coming soon, my newest novel, in which Finn's adventure takes him further and faster than ever!
Read an excerpt from Finn's Rocket:
45,000 feet above the Earth, the capsule hung in the air, Finn’s brain reeled with the calculations. In his go-kart, he could travel eight miles in about eight minutes, in a car even faster.
In free fall, they’d fall so much faster, maybe twice as fast, four times as fast, so maybe they’d fall for only two minutes. Drops of sweat wet his forehead and his armpits.
“Okay, Gabi. Just five minutes, piece of cake. Five minutes and we’ll be on the ground.” Yes, the ground. But would they be in one piece?
To manage that, they’d have to deploy the parachutes. That was their only job, to pull that string. In order to do so, they’d have to stay conscious and that was the tricky part. While falling, it would be easy to spin uncontrollably and black out, from fear, shock, or dizziness. Could they handle it?
Gabi began to cry, silent tears sliding down her little face. Somehow, it strengthened his resolve. Here they were again, thankfully, inside Earth’s atmosphere, where tears could fall. “We’re almost home, Gabi.”
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