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Mission to Mars - Curiosity Rover Project (STEM)

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Looking to engage your students in the most current science news? This 3 day unit from Lab207 is built around the recent Curiosity Mission that NASA sent to Mars. Through the course of this project students will engage in independent research, a building project, and design work. I ran this project in my class this week and the students LOVED it! More details on the project below.

Objectives:

-Students will explain the formation of Mars

-Students will compare and contrast earth and Mars based on location in the solar system, climate, day and year length, atmosphere, and terrain

-Students will discuss the challenges of getting to and landing on Mars based on the NASA Curiosity mission

-Students will create a functioning model of a Mars Lander that will safely land 2 “astronauts”

-Students will identify conditions on Mars that humans might be able to use to establish a community

-Students will draw a blueprint of a sustainable Mars community

Activities include comparing and contrast Earth and Mars, building a "rover" that must survive a fall from 10 ft., and designing a sustainable community.

Download include full-editable lesson plan with a step by step guide to each of the 3 lessons.
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