Resources Grades 7-12

Spinoff Technology

NASA Spinoff Homepage:

There’s more space in your life than you think.


What are Spinoffs?

NASA spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used here on Earth—including memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, shoe insoles, water filters/purification, cochlear implants, satellite television, and long-distance telecommunications. and

Orbital Sciences jet with rocket plane attached

Miniaturized High-Speed Modulated X-Ray Source (MXS)
This technology is being used by Massachusetts General Hospital to develop a non-rotational CT Scanner with 1000x lower radiation. This technology was developed for NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER).



NASA Center Technologies

Consider using some of these NASA technologies developed at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC).



Radiation Protection Material

Radiation Shields created from metal laminates were developed to better protect sensitive spacecraft electronics. This material is lightweight and moldable and has a variety of applications, such as clothing, satellites, or piping.




Geofence Technology for UAV

NASA Langley Research Center developed geofence technology, called Safeguard, to prevent unmanned aircraft (UA) from entering restricted airspace. This technology can be used to keep unmanned aerial systems (UAS) within certain boundaries or altitudes, as with cargo delivery, or prevent them from entering protected locations, like airfields.



Electric Field Imaging System

Electric Field Imaging System:

The Electric Field Imaging System (EFI) can create 3D images of people and objects based on their dielectric qualities using low-cost, commercially available materials. This technology has the potential for applications in the medical, security, and forensic fields, among many others.


Servicing Talisman

Robotic Arm (TALISMAN):

The in-space robotic arm, also referred to by the acronym TALISMAN, can be used to grasp and manipulate objects, such as satellites or boulders on asteroids.

bug testing

Bug Coating:

This slippery, glue-like substance, known also as the Hydrophobic Epoxy Coating for Insect Adhesion Mitigation, was developed by NASA Langley to prevent insect residue from adhering to airplane wings, which improves aerodynamic efficiency.

material for wound healing

Electroactive Material for Wound Healing:

This technology uses electrical activity to speed up the wound healing process while protecting the wound. The bandage is made of electroactive material and powered by body heat!

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NASA Langley’s biofeedback technology, including ZONE (Zeroing Out Negative Effects) and Game and Simulation Control, uses body sensors and interactive games to help athletes and astronauts improve their skills!

Engineering Design Process

Scientist inspecting thermal blanket

NASA’s BEST- Engineering Design Process Video Series:

The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers use to guide them as they solve problems. Engineers must ask a question, imagine a solution, plan a design, create that model, experiment and test that model, then take time to improve the original – all steps that are crucial to mission success at NASA.

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

***Secondary teams interested in developing an InWorld OPSPARC presentation MUST focus their work around Spinoffs related to JWST.
James Webb Space Telescope photo

James Webb Space Telescope Physical Models

Big and little kids will enjoy building these physical models.

Build the Webb Telescope Mirror

Build-It-Yourself Satellite
Choose what science your satellite will be used to study, and then decide what wavelengths, instruments, and optics will help you learn most about the science you’ve chosen.


James Webb Space Telescope photo.


James Webb Space Telescope – The Cold Hard Facts:

Discover the everyday applications of cryogenics from magnetic scans to high-tech space telescopes like the new James Webb. Learn about absolute zero and the Kelvin temperature scale.

Innovative technologies developed for the James Webb Space Telescope

Microshutters: an interesting innovation and

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