Space Unit | Science Inquiry Project | Makerspace Activities

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This is a Research and Technological Problem Solving, Science Maker Inquiry. What is that exactly? It is exactly what you need for your Science classroom. This project is a hands-on inquiry project that goes way beyond just researching. Research, Dig Deeper, Solve a problem based on the social and environmental impacts of space travel and then build! Keep reading for more about this deep thinking collaborative activity that will transform your students into engineers right in front of your eyes.

With this resource, teachers/students will follow the three part lesson plan:

1. MINDS ON (INQUIRY): Be inspired by provocations (e.g., pictures, websites and videos) that lead them to ask questions about various aspects about space, then develop questions to be used for inquiry


RESEARCH - Students will then begin to find out information about the topic they have chosen.

DIG DEEPER - Through this research, they will dig deeper by critically thinking about how space travel affects the astronauts, the environment or society.

SOLVE A PROBLEM - They then use the design process to create product(s) that could create a solution to the problem (technological problem solving). Students then use materials around the classroom and brought from home, in order to create a prototype of their new product (makerspace).

3. CONSOLIDATION: Students will share their findings with the class and ask questions to each other about the product and process.

This unit includes

  • A teacher slide with all instructions written in student friendly language
  • All provocation materials/ websites
  • A clear explanation of the process
  • Success criteria to share with students and an assessment template that include star and wish feedback and a rubric for evaluation
  • Student questions and project examples are also included for your viewing.

Also included is an OPTIONAL MINDS ON activity for before beginning the Technological Problem Solving Portion: Students will engage in an game (OPTIONAL) in order to get their minds thinking creatively and in a way that uses design thinking.

***This product can be adapted for Distance Learning/ Homeschooling. Make a copy in order to take out teacher slides. Send students the information, including the provocations. Ask the students to make comments, in order to develop a class set of inquiry questions. 


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Total Pages
25 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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