Welcome: Brainstorming Chart
Class chart of items that students would bring with them to live on the moon
Engineering Challenge Warm-Up: Model Air Filters
Model air filters stacked on top of each other
What Would It Be Like?: Problems to Solve
Students create a list of problems they might run into on the moon
Plants on the Moon: Fast Plants in Cups
Fast Plants in cups
Water on the Moon: Creating a Water Filter
Student creating a water filter with rocks, dirt, and a coffee filter
Water on the Moon: Testing Water Filters
Students testing different water filters
Water on the Moon: Water Filtration
Students test and observe the effectiveness of their water filter design.
A student watches on as his group creates a water filter
Water on the Moon: Testing the Water Filters
Students testing their water filters as a group
Model Earths and Moons
Scaled models of the earth and the moon sit in a homework bin
Model Earth and Moon
Earth and Moon models on top of an air filter box
Model Earth and Moon: Scaling the Distance
Modeling the distance between the earth and moon
Student use a rocket to deliver supplies to their lunar colony.
Student samples of model rockets
Model Rockets: Testing Rocket
Student test their model rocket in the hallway
Model rocket taking off in the hallway
Fast Plant Observation
Student recording observations
Lunar Fact or Fiction
Students raise their “true” signs to indicate that a lunar fact is true.
Students show their “true” signs to indicate another true lunar fact.
Lunar Fact or Fiction: Recording Moon Facts
A student adds to a list of moon facts
The Dark Side of the Moon: Learning about the Dark Side of the Moon
Students use their models to simulate the movement of the Earth and moon and the sun to determine if there is “dark side” of the moon.
Gravity on the Earth and Moon: Experimenting with the Gravitational Field
Students observe the effect of different balls on a piece of spandex in order to better understand the gravitation field
Gravity on the Moon: Experimenting with the Gravitational Field
Students explore the effect of various types of balls on a piece of spandex in order to understand gravitational fields
Pros and Cons
Students discuss the pros and cons of a lunar colony, which are written on chart paper
Atmosphere on the Moon: Planning the Spacesuit
Student planning of the protective spacesuit
Atmosphere on the Moon: Testing the Protective Suit
Close-up of a student testing the protective spacesuit in the vacuum chamber
Students check the protective suits in the vacuum chamber
Atmosphere on the Moon: A Space Suit for a Marshmallow Astronaut
Students design and create a spacesuit made of aluminum foil, tape, and other materials to protect a marshmallow astronaut.
Lunar Colony Criteria & Constraints: Blueprints of Model Colony
Students sketch the layout and components of their lunar colony.
Building Lunar Colony: A Shuttle for the Lunar Colony
Students decide to include a shuttle to their colony for transportation.
Students work to ensure their final presentation is ready for the Showcase
Improve Your Lunar Colony
A student works to improve her lunar colony in advance of the final Showcase.
Showcase Preparation: Setting Up the Lunar Colony
Students work together to set up their lunar colony for the showcase
Showcase: Group Presentation
Students present their group’s lunar colony
Showcase: Close-up of Final Lunar Colony
Close-up of part of a final lunar colony, including astronauts an a U.S. flag.
Showcase: Final Lunar Colony
Example of a finalized lunar colony
Example of a final lunar colony