Class chart of items that students would bring with them to live on the moon
Model air filters stacked on top of each other
Students create a list of problems they might run into on the moon
Fast Plants in cups
Engineering Challenge Warm-Up
Plants on the Moon
Student creating a water filter with rocks, dirt, and a coffee filter
Students testing different water filters
Students test and observe the effectiveness of their water filter design.
A student watches on as his group creates a water filter
Students testing their water filters as a group
Scaled models of the earth and the moon sit in a homework bin
Earth and Moon models on top of an air filter box
Modeling the distance between the earth and moon
Student use a rocket to deliver supplies to their lunar colony.
Student samples of model rockets
Student test their model rocket in the hallway
Model rocket taking off in the hallway
Student recording observations
Water on the Moon
Water on the Moon: Student Explanation
Students raise their “true” signs to indicate that a lunar fact is true.
A student adds to a list of moon facts
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.
Students observe the effect of different balls on a piece of spandex in order to better understand the gravitation field
Students explore the effect of various types of balls on a piece of spandex in order to understand gravitational fields
Students discuss the pros and cons of a lunar colony, which are written on chart paper
Student planning of the protective spacesuit
Close-up of a student testing the protective spacesuit in the vacuum chamber
Students check the protective suits in the vacuum chamber
Students design and create a spacesuit made of aluminum foil, tape, and other materials to protect a marshmallow astronaut.
Students sketch the layout and components of their lunar colony.
Atmosphere on the Moon
Light on the Moon
Temperature on the Moon
Students decide to include a shuttle to their colony for transportation.
Students work to ensure their final presentation is ready for the Showcase
A student works to improve her lunar colony in advance of the final Showcase.
Students work together to set up their lunar colony for the showcase
Students present their group’s lunar colony
Close-up of part of a final lunar colony, including astronauts an a U.S. flag.
Example of a finalized lunar colony
Example of a final lunar colony