STEM 19: Full STEAM Ahead with the Moon Landing Challenge

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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of America’s moon landing and NASA’s renewed focus in returning to the moon, we invite you and your students to investigate the challenges and opportunities offered by a moon landing challenge. Mrs. Blumer’s 6th and 7th grade science students from Greenville Jr. High School (Greenville, IL) share their solutions to challenges in creating a lunar lander, lunar rover, space suit (Barbienaut), rocket and successful heat shield that will all be needed for NASA’s return to the moon.

In addition to investigating the moon landing challenge, students also learn from an engineer from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This segment of the program focuses on the various careers available in engineering and the importance of teamwork and collaboration in solving an engineering problem.

More information about the archived program, including learning objectives, program agenda, featured national standards, and related learning activities are included in Teacher Tool  743 below.

To help you with teaching your own Space Engineering Design Challenge with your students, download Teacher Tool 748 from our guest Jackie Blumer, M.Ed, AIAA STEM Teacher, and 6th and 7th grade teacher at Greenville Junior High School.

Student Tools

Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity--Video Reflection

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Teacher Tool 743: Program Guide for Full STEAM Ahead with the Moon Landing Challenge

Download this document to find more information about our October 17, 2019 live program "Full STEAM Ahead with the Moon Landing Challenge." Included is the following: program description, program objectives, program format, related activity suggestions, supplemental website resources related to the program, and featured national standards related to the program.

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Teacher Tool 748: Space Engineering Design Challenge Lesson Plan and Resources

To help you with teaching your own Space Engineering Design Challenge with your students, download this PowerPoint from our guest Jackie Blumer, M.Ed, AIAA STEM Teacher, and 6th and 7th grade teacher at Greenville Junior High School.

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