Space History Units with STEM Activities are fantastic lessons for the upper elementary and middle school classroom. Combining science, history, reading and engineering, our seven hands-on lessons provide an interesting platform for discussions about the amazing accomplishments of the United States space program.
Have your students read and discuss the provided background information on each decade’s space accomplishments. Students will then apply the engineering design process and their communication skills as they work on the interesting space related STEM challenges. Included in each packet are background information essays and resources, teacher notes, inquiry questions, student role cards, student handouts for a STEM activity, the engineering design process poster, and a rubric.
The past 70 years of space exploration are filled with amazing events. Increase your students’ appreciation of the United States’ engineering accomplishments in space exploration by reviewing each decade’s major achievements and doing a related STEM activity.
1950’s – Sputnik and Satellites
1960’s- Human Space Flight
1970’s - Skylab
1980’s- The Space Shuttle
1990's - The Hubble Space Telescope
2000’s- International Space Station
2010’s – Exploring Mars
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