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AstroVenture: Search for and Design a Habitable Planet
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: More Than an Hour
Body: Our Solar System, Beyond Our Solar System, Europa
Mission: Galileo (Jupiter), Mars 2020 Rover (Mars), Mars Astrobiology Field Lab Rover (Mars), Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity (Mars)

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Short Description: Students roleplay NASA occupations, as they search for and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation. Atmospheric science is one of several modules, and includes nine lessons.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

Read more: NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

Practices:

  • 1-Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 2-Cause and effect: mechanism and explanation

Read more: NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

Credit: NASA Ames Research Center


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Last Updated: 5 Aug 2014