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ERIC Number: ED511739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 78
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Lunar Plant Growth Chamber: Human Exploration Project STS-118 Design Challenge. A Standards-Based High School Unit Guide. Engineering by Design: Advancing Technological Literacy. A Standards-Based Program Series. EP-2007-08-94-MSFC
Caron, Daniel W.; Fuller, Jeremy; Watson, Janice; St. Hilaire, Katherine
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
In May 2005, the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) was funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop curricular units for Grades K-12 on Space Exploration. The units focus on aspects of the themes that NASA Engineers and Scientists--as well as future generations of explorers--must consider, such as Energy and Power, Transportation and Lunar Plant Growth Chambers (the STS-118 Design Challenges). Moreover, the units are embedded within a larger model program for technology education known as Engineering byDesign[TM]. Design is a creative problem-solving process. In this unit, students will design and build a lunar plant growth chamber using the engineering design process. This Design Challenge has been written with two tracks in mind. Track 1 provides a more comprehensive learning experience, and teachers are encouraged to consider exploring this alternative, perhaps working with other teachers in the school to provide students with resources and a laboratory-classroom with the necessary equipment. The Design, Build and Evaluate Challenge is a twelve-to-eighteen day challenge for those teachers and students who have the resources available to build a larger model with operational subsystems. Teachers need to determine what tools and materials are available to students and whether students will build a full-sized or scaled-down version of the LPGC. This extension continues after the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in Lesson 3 with the students constructing their working prototype and presenting it at the Critical Design Review (CDR) in Lesson 4. The Design and Evaluate Challenge is a five-to-seven day challenge. It requires students to design and build a small model of a Lunar Plant Growth Chamber (LPGC). This challenge ends with Lesson 3, culminating with the Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Resource documents are appended.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), George C. Marshall Space Flight Center