Robotics - Lessons
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Lesson 1: My Place in Space
Purpose: To deepen student understanding about their place in space, starting with their bedroom and extending out to the Milky Way.
Lesson 2: KWL-Mars
Purpose: To probe students' prior knowledge about Mars, what students wish to learn about Mars, and chart new understandings during the course of the module.
Lesson 3: Play Dough Planets
Purpose: To demonstrate the size (volume) difference between Earth, Earth's Moon, and Mars through a hands-on activity.
Lesson 4: History of Mars
Purpose: To engage students in the wonder of the science and engineering of space exploration.
Lesson 5: Space Survey
Purpose: To demonstrate public opinion about space exploration and the use of robotics in space exploration.
Lesson 6: Mars Match Game
Purpose: To deepen student understanding of Mars, Mars exploration and the similarities and difference between the Earth and Mars.
Lesson 7: Touchdown Mars!
Purpose: To facilitate and engage students' imagination about the process and skills needed to explore our Solar System.
Lesson 8: Blind Mice
Purpose: To expand student understanding that combining information gathered by a variety of robots gives us a more comprehensive understanding of our Solar System.
Lesson 9: KWL-Robotics
Purpose: To probe students' prior knowledge about robotics, what students wish to learn about robotics, and chart new understanding during the course of the module.
Lesson 10: Simple Machines
Purpose: To expand student understanding that simple machines affect our everyday lives and make tasks easier.
Lesson 11: Program It!
Purpose: To introduce students to the fundamental communication skills necessary for successful robotic programming.
Lesson 12: The Phoenix Mission: Uncovering Martian Water
Purpose: To increase student knowledge about the Phoenix Mars Lander's science mission to use robotic technology to uncover water on Mars.
Lesson 13: Phoenix's Robotic Arm
Purpose: To simulate remote operation of robotics in order to deepen student understanding of programming and communication in space exploration.
Lesson 14: Lander Design
Purpose: To allow students to apply the understanding they have gained about landers and robotic components through a hands-on experience.
Lesson 15: Egg Drop Lander
Purpose: To provide collaborative opportunity to design and test a lander and practice writing skills.
Lesson 16: Careers in Space
Purpose: To help students understand the variety of careers in space exploration.
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