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Moon ExplorationPre-Service Teachers STEM LessonSpring 2009 6th Grade Lesson

IntroductionIn this lesson, students will be able to stimulate the four STEM topics and gain knowledge through each extended activity along with NASA owned projects. In these activities, students are to generalize how the activities all relate to the topic of the planned lesson. They will use a hands-on experience to simulate a paper rocket prototype that engineers follow in their preparation for moon exploration. Their activities consist of building the rocket that is shown through engineering, propulsion applied through a lesson of science. Technology will consist of being able to describe how the communication works through satellites. The mathematics lesson will focused on measurements using units. They will also spend time looking at the tools and materials they will use to make an exploration successful and safe.

MaterialsHeavy paper (60-110 index stock or construction paper) Plastic 35 mm film canisters Student sheets Cellophane tape Scissors Effervescing antacid tablet Paper towels Water Eye protection Writing Paper Average sized balloons Colored markers Dry erase board Ruler Tape

ObjectivesStudents will be able to: Explain what propulsion is and how it is applied through Isaac Newtons third law of motion. Explain how a nano rover communicates through satellite connections. Build a rocket, understanding how it is built and how each part plays an individual role in making sure everything is correct for take off. Convert measurements through units and create a solar scale of distance from the Earth to the moon. Recite how many inches are in a foot, how many feet are in a yard, and how many yards are in a mile.

Application of Engineering

Short Lecture for EngineeringWrap and tape a tube of paper around the film canister. (Paper should be wide enough to circle around the canister) The lid end of the canister goes down! Tape fins to your rocket. (prefer trapezoid shapes) Roll a cone of paper and tape it to the rocket's upper end. Ready for flight COUNTDOWN Put on your eye protection. Turn the rocket upside down and fill the canister one-third full of water.

Work quickly on the next steps!Drop in 1/2 tablet. Snap lid on tight. Stand rocket on launch platform.

Steps of Process for Engineering LessonStep 1