Designing Lunar HabitatsLinda WollaberWinfield High School
Assessment of Project
Engineering Design Products
Since water is now confirmed to be at the poles of the moon I want to challenge my 9th graders to think about what could really be in the future of mankind inhabiting the moon. I purposed a project for my students that involves the engineering model design of a moon habitat for astronauts. The model habitat would be self-contained and would host a variety of jobs such as: astronomy-telescopes, hydrolysis of water for rocket fuel, solar panels for energy, designing agricultural crops, lunar research, using robots to build structures and much more. The students will have to research the moon environment, regolith rock, dust problems, radiation, human health problems, gravity differences, energy resources, delivery of supplies, and when considering their habitat design.
The project went well and I was impressed with the students dedication.Although it ended up taking more time than I had anticipated because it was Homecoming Week and we also had an early out one day and a shorten block another day. So two of our 92 minute blocks were cut in half.I surveyed the students by asking their input about the project and it seemed to be a general consciences that they all learned about problem solving, working together, being creative and the moon environment.
NASA Reference of Lunar Colonization, Human Exploration Project I. Energy and Power © 2009 International Technology Education Association NASA-ITEA Middle School Human Exploration Project I
ESS Passport Cohort 2 – Dr. Debbie HelmerWinfield High School 3rd Block 9th Grade ESS Students
S.HS.ETS.2design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.S.9-10.L.16conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem and narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
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