Creating a Space Exploration Infrastructure

This Creating a Space Exploration Infrastructure unit also includes:

What will it take to explore space? Teams of pupils determine the needs of a lunar outpost and research the required systems. The pupils then learn about the past space exploration vehicles. The third and final lesson challenges project teams to design a scale model of a subsystem of a Moon-bound manned spacecraft.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals in the teams research different aspects of the lunar surface
  • Encourage expert groups to learn about the past, present, and future space exploration vehicles
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils glean much of the information from websites
Pros

  • Each lesson has a method of assessment
Cons

  • Teacher must provide most of the information, rather than the pupils actually learning it
  • There are a limited number of worksheets to guide the learning