Space Explorers Lab
Age: Grades K-2, Grade 3-6
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $6 per student
Group Size: Up to 30 students may participate. Chaperones are expected to attend to observe and help supervise.
If you were going to visit another planet, what would your mission be? Students will design and engineer their very own satellite or rover from recycled materials to further explore our solar system!
Our Junior Space Explorers Lab (Grade K-2) will start in the dome with a live reading of the book “Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun” to learn more about the planets in our solar system followed by rover building in our Learning Labs. Our Senior Space Explorers Lab (Grade 3-6) will start in the dome with an interactive “Design a Mission” training module and then students will build and test their own satellites in our Learning Labs.
21st Century Skills Addressed:
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Creativity and Innovation
- Flexibility and Adaptability
Colorado Academic Standards Addressed:
Prepared Graduate Competency #9: Students can use the full range of science and engineering practices to make sense of natural phenomena and solve problems that require understanding the universe and Earth’s place in it.
- SC.3.1.1 – Patterns of motion can be used to predict future motion.
- SC.3.1.2 – Objects in contact exert forces on each other; electric and magnetic forces between a pair of objects do not require contact.
- 4.1.1 – The faster an object moves the more energy it has.
- 4.1.4 – Energy can be produced, used or released by converting stored energy.
- SC.5.1.3 – The gravitational force of Earth acting on an object near Earth’s surface pulls that object toward the planet’s center.
- SC.MS.1.3 – Motion is described relative to a reference frame that must be shared with others and is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it. The greater the mass of the object, the greater the force needed to achieve the same change in motion.