This digital blended learning (DBL) activity is based on the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse that will take place this year. The path of totality will stretch across the United States for a once in a life time experience.
This lesson will explore what an eclipse is and have students inquire about the idea of eclipses on other planets. Students will complete a close read article to introduce the content. After reading, students will compare the information in the articles through comprehension questions and a Venn diagram. Inside of the article, students will learn that Mars cannot have a total solar eclipse because of the size of the moons and the distance of the moons from Mars. Students will explore the size differences through mathematical equations.
Students will then be posed with a challenge: The Mars Rover is stuck on the other side of the planet. It is up to you to create the code to move the rover to the other side of the planet in time to record the partial eclipse. Students will use the Scratch MIT website to create the code. This can even be saved and uploaded as a QR code for a tech-worthy display! I’ve included a bonus display to accompany the QR codes.