Very rarely do I get to “advertise” projects that I’m working on since they are for private organizations, but this one is a little different.
For this project, I have been working with the University of Houston to create a curriculum unit based around the Mars Rover Curiosity and because this is a NASA funded project (which means it’s FREE to you), all of the materials are posted on the NASA Wavelength web site.
The Mars Rover Celebration curriculum is an all-encompassing six week unit for students in grades 3-8 that can be used in the classroom or in informal education settings. Throughout the unit, students learn about the solar system, focusing on Mars. Using the information they have learned, students work collaboratively in teams of 4-5 to design their own mission to Mars and build their own rover (from found and low-cost objects). Each lesson is aligned to National Standards (as well as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and contains an Essential Question, Vocabulary Cards, and a Science Notebook for student use. There are also key literacy elements woven through the unit to make it a STEAM unit rather than a STEM unit.
And, if you are in the great state of Texas, you can bring your students and their rovers to participate in the Mars Rover Celebration Capstone Event where students can show off their work and meet other students from around the state!
Lane specializes in STEM education, curriculum design and professional development and makes teachers’ lives easier through innovative, standards-based STEM lessons.