STEM Challenge - Project: Lunar Base - Design a Lunar Colony

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  1. Engage your students with these week-long STEM challenges. The STEM bundle comes with 12 student-led STEM activities.What's Included in Each STEM Project• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.• The slideshow presentation
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Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.

The 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

exploration.

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.

What's Included

• 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

TEKS: 7.11C

Other STEM Challenges

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Project: Birdman - Design a Bird Beak for a Feeding Frenzy

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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75 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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