Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.
In order to prove humans can create a sustainable habitat on other planets, NASA has
decided to move forward with constructing a lunar base to test long-term survival
outside of Earth's atmosphere. 4 astronauts will need to live in the lunar residence for
2 years. NASA created a national contest which will allow anyone in the country to
submit a proposal for the project. The winning design will be used on the moon, and a
million dollar prize will be awarded to the team.
The design does have to meet a few criteria.
1. The perimeter of the lunar base cannot be more than 32 meters.
2. The height of the base cannot be more than 3 meters
3. The base will have to generate its own water, oxygen, and food supply.
4. An airlock must be included in the design so that astronauts can leave the base for
Be sure to think about all the scenarios needed to sustain life. How will they stay fit in
low gravity? What happens if they get sick? Where will trash go? How will they deal
with the loneliness and possible depression that may set in over time? This is an
exciting challenge and your team really wants that million dollar reward. It's time to
get to work!
Things to consider: the effects of lunar life on the human bodies, sustainable food
source, how to get supplies to the moon, how to handle waste, etc.
• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.
• The slideshow presentation (PPT and Keynote) allows the teacher to facilitate the pacing throughout the project.
• The teacher lesson plans include TEKS and NGSS standards alignment, and step-by-step directions on what the teacher and students should be doing along the way.
• The student notebook will guide the student through the activity. The questions will challenge students to learn new information, reflect on learned information, and provide the students a framework for the entire project.
• Each lesson is written using the Launch process. Students are going to be brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on failures and opportunities. At the end of each project, we’ve asked the students to share their ideas with the world. This holds students accountable. They will put forth the best effort knowing other students could critique the project.
What Supplies Do I Need?
Each product contains a list of suggested supplies for the project. We were very cautious about choosing inexpensive items. This project has a suggested supply list that includes: Scissors, Glue, Tape, Cardboard, Paper, Graph Paper, Markers, Different types of cups, Rubber Bands, Pipe Cleaners, Clay, Empty water bottles and tops, Bubble Wrap, Brads, Paper Clips, Paper Plates
The supply list is dynamic and can be adjusted to your situation.
NGSS and TEKS Standards
Aside from the engineering components of this project, students will be learning about perimeter, the future of space exploration, and the effects of space on the human body.
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4
Other STEM Challenges
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Project: Electric - Design a System to Harness Wave Energy
Project: Hurricane Defender - Build a Hurricane Proof House
Project: Inhabit Mars - Build a Landing Device for Mars
Project: Lunar Base - Design a Lunar Colony
Project: Move - Design a Pulley System To Move a Heavy Load
Project: Save the Oceans - Design a Device to Clean the Oceans
Project: Skydive - Design a Parachute For Your New Business
Project: Thrills - Design A Fast and Furious Roller Coaster
Project: Wind and Sky - Create a 21st Century Turbine
Project: Explore Mars - Create a Space Probe for a MARS Mission
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