Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)

Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
Mission to Mars: 10 Engineering STEM Activities (K - 5)
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Over the years of teaching STEM, we found that kids love stories. And what greater story than a thrilling adventure in space? The result is Launchpad, a 10 unit curriculum that launches students into the world of STEM!

Launchpad begins with Stage 1 team challenges that build teamwork and communication skills. Astronaut Alex then guides the class throughStage 2 engineering design activities, and each unit is a progressively more complex design challenge as students arrive at and explore Mars. Units are aligned to science and math standards along with a different career focus and STEM word of the day such as teamwork, resilience, and leadership.

Vivify STEM presents Launchpad: A Mission to Mars

Through interactive sessions, Launchpad students become a team of astronauts challenged to complete 10 missions centered around a Journey to Mars. Each week, students will read a message from Astronaut Alex, who will introduce the activity, provide background context, and connect to a STEM career. Students will then engage in hands-on activities centered around the engineering design process.

Tested curriculum: 35 educators have implemented Launchpad with over 500 students in 40 schools!

Launchpad curriculum includes 10 STEM challenges:

  1. Meet the Crew: Team Challenges
  2. Astronaut Training: Mars Trivia Game + Astronaut Boot Engineering Challenge
  3. Get to mars: Straw Rockets Engineering Challenge
  4. Land on Mars: Landing Device Engineering Challenge
  5. Build a Base: UV Science Experiment + Shelter Engineering Challenge
  6. Build a Rover: Conductivity Science Experiment + Bristlebot Engineering Challenge
  7. Explore Mars: Catapult Engineering Challenge
  8. Entertainment on Mars: Roller coaster Engineering Challenge
  9. Emergency: Zipline Engineering Challenge
  10. Mission Success: Coke Mentos Geyser + Atomic Slime

Curriculum includes:

  • Intro to STEM Education
  • 10 STEM Missions following a story line
  • Supply list with links
  • Alignment to NGSS, TEKS (Texas), and CCSS Math
  • Step-by-step teacher guide with photos
  • Student mission sheets with real-world connections and photos
  • Editable Teacher companion slides with videos, vocabulary, storyline, and guide through each design challenge (over 150 slides!)

About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stage of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device.

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