Astronaut Career Exploration STEM Challenge (distance learning)

Career In STEM
Grade Levels
6th - 10th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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  • Internet Activities
21 pages
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Will you be the first person to visit Mars? In this Astronaut Career Exploration STEM Challenge teenage students will see if they have what it takes to succeed in a career as an astronaut! This self-guided distance learning career exploration mini course will help teens to learn what an astronaut does, test drive the career through fun online activities, and help them practice skills and mindsets needed to become an astronaut. Delivered in interactive GoogleSlides and PDF formats including:

1. online astronaut career exploration resources including virtual job shadow YouTube video, career information sheet in English and Spanish, and two 'experiments in space' activities

2. short quiz with answer key

3. Human Space Flight 101 with interactive online resources and discussion questions

4. Download the Universe simulator with guiding questions (requires a free open source software download of SpaceEngine)

5. Make Your Own Digital Space Camp Challenge with student friendly step by step directions

6. project rubric (1 page googledoc)

7. links to additional resources to explore careers in space

This Challenge is provided as one cohesive Google Slides and PDF document with embedded links to corresponding online activities for easy uploading and sharing in your online classroom! All activities are designed to be completed independently using only simple materials and online resources, taking at least 3 hours for students to complete - a fun distance learning activity!

Directly aligned with MS-ESS1-2 and MS-ESS1-3 as well as TEKS.SCI.7.9.B, TEKS.SCI.6.11.C, TEKS.SCI.6.2.E, and TEKS.SCI.7.2.D.

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Total Pages
21 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students’ school or state). Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Emphasis is on the analysis of data from Earth-based instruments, space-based telescopes, and spacecraft to determine similarities and differences among solar system objects. Examples of scale properties include the sizes of an object’s layers (such as crust and atmosphere), surface features (such as volcanoes), and orbital radius. Examples of data include statistical information, drawings and photographs, and models. Assessment does not include recalling facts about properties of the planets and other solar system bodies.


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