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Mars Robotics Activities
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: More Than an Hour
Body: Mars
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity (Mars)

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Short Description: Mars robotics activities provide ideal ways to help students understand the role of engineering and technology in today's world. From looking at personal robots to those we send to other worlds, these activities will help students learn the different elements necessary to design, build and support robotic missions to the Red Planet.

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

  • ESS2: Earth's Systems
  • ETS1: Engineering Design
  • LS4: Biological Evolution
  • PS1: Matter and its Interactions
  • PS4: Waves and their Applications

Read more: NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

Practices:

  • 1-Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 3-Planning and carrying out investigations
  • 4-Analyzing and interpreting data
  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • 7-Engaging in argument from evidence

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 2-Cause and effect: mechanism and explanation
  • 3-Scale, proportion and quantity
  • 4-Systems and system models
  • 5-Energy and matter: flows, cycles and conversation

Read more: NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

Credit: ASU Mars K-12 Education Program


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