We last featured this resource in the 2-23-2018 Scout Report, and this collection of teaching materials continues to provide K-12 educators with well-developed classroom activities sure to engage students interested in space travel.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has created this series of K-12 curriculum materials that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These materials are designed to help young scientists understand the Engineering Design Process used at the Jet Laboratory and to use this process to participate in engineering themselves. Instructors can browse this collection by four grade levels: grades K-2, grades 3-5, middle school, and high school. Each activity in this collection features a short video that demonstrates JPL engineering in action. These videos are accompanied by a detailed, hands-on activity, available via a link in the Use it in the Classroom section. For instance, one activity for students grades 3-5 features a video about the Opportunity rover, which has been exploring Mars since 2004. In this video, rover driver Hallie Gengl describes how the team must take Mars's terrain into account when planning a drive. Next, students create their own rovers out of pasta, using the same design and planning principal they learned about in the video.
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