This project helps educators engage in interdisciplinary curriculum to explore space science and encourage students to imagine future space exploration.

Students create art to represent components of the visual representation in the software and are encouraged to create space missions, think about resources they might need, how to engineer a mission, and what that would look like.

The Challenge: Asteroids 2025-2100 - Future History

Find creative ways to show the value of asteroids as a destination for exploration that are just as valuable as the Moon and Mars in terms of developing space infrastructure, as they have no gravity well. Your task is to imagine a future history catalyzed by the ARM mission. We’d like for you to develop a digital experience that dramatizes the development of human progress in the solar system using asteroids as a stepping stone to the Moon, Mars and ultimately, the stars.

This project gives educators a way to explore space science with their students and to then allow the students to engage their imagination about future space exploration. There is a collection of descriptions about various bodies in space, as well as examples of "what could happen" in the future. Students are able to create their own art to represent components of the visual representation, which are uploaded into the software and displayed when the planet is selected.

For pre-k through 2nd grade (beginner level), there are reading level appropriate descriptions of planets, the sun, asteroids belt, the moon and the ISS. Lessons can include imaging of the planet (including geographical features like volcanoes and mountains), the atmosphere, and the path a rocket ship might take to get there. Young students can think about what space ships might need to look like to land and work together to think about the sorts of things people and robots can do on these space bodies.

For 3-6 graders (advanced), there is an increase in the details describing the space bodies. Additionally, the advance levels include Ceres in the Asteroid belt, the Kuiper Belt and Eris and Pluto as representations of dwarf planets. There are links for students to read about planned and past missions. Teachers can have students create space missions, including thinking about what types of resources they might need, how they might engineer a mission, and what that would look like. This can include using the asteroid belt as a jumping off point for exploring the outer planets and using rouge asteroids and comets as potential things to hitch a ride on to save on the need for fuel to travel around the solar system. Additionally, social issues about long term space adventures are included. This includes how you would pick people for the mission, how you would create a new society on a planet, and how you would create rules, to integrate the social sciences into the mission.

Teachers are encouraged to bring in literature as a resource for students to help think creatively about potential space missions. A short list is included, but teachers will be encouraged to give feedback on resources they are using to expand this in the future.

made in

Greensboro, NC

from the minds of...
  • Dante Rogers
  • Jason Rogers
  • Addison Howenstine
  • Deirdre Rogers
  • Logan Rogers
  • Yusuf Olokoba
  • Cheryl Brown
  • James Mattice
  • Lisha Sterling
at Space Apps 2015

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