Lunar Landing Challenge

Houston, we have a problem! Your team of astronauts was heading to the Moon for a routine mission when your landing went awry. All astronauts survived the emergency landing, but only some of your equipment did. Your team needs to travel 60 miles to reach Tranquility Base 2, our permanent moon station and where help and safety awaits. You have 14 items that survived the crash that you can use to make this journey. Which will you choose? Oxygen tanks? A heating unit? Matches? An inflatable life raft? Water?

This is the (imaginary but realistic) scenario that students faced today in our Science from Scientists lesson! They had to work as a team to place 14 objects in order of how valuable they would be to this trek across the Moon to safety. Teams were scored on their choices based on how closely their selections matched those of real NASA scientists. Ask your child if they survived the mission and what items proved to be most valuable to them!

Desafío en grupo: el alunizaje

¡Houston, tenemos un problema! Tu equipo de astronautas se dirigía hacia la Luna para realizar una misión de rutina cuando el alunizaje falló. Todos los astronautas sobrevivieron el alunizaje de emergencia, pero solo parte del equipo se salvó. Tu equipo necesita viajar 60 millas para alcanzar la Base Tranquilidad 2, que es nuestra estación lunar donde podrán encontrar ayuda y seguridad. Solo tienes 14 ítems que quedaron en buen estado después del impacto y que puedes usar para para el viaje hacia la base. ¿Cuáles usarás?, ¿los tanques de oxígeno?, ¿el calefactor?, ¿fósforos?, ¿una balsa inflable? ¿Agua?

Este es el escenario imaginario (pero realista) al cual los estudiantes fueron expuestos en la sesión de Science from Scientists del día de hoy. Tuvieron que trabajar en equipo para determinar cuál de los 14 objetos disponibles tenían mayor relevancia para el viaje a través de la Luna hacia la base y así salvarse. Se evaluó a los equipos en base a qué objetos seleccionaban para llevar en el viaje, y cuanto se asemejaba a la lista de objetos que los científicos de la NASA seleccionarían. Pregúntele a su hijo o hija cuales fueron los objetos que resultaron ser los más importantes para ellos.


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Lauren Koppel

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Biology and Psychology from Clark University, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her undergraduate years, she worked in a evolutionary neurobiology lab that studied the neural development of annelids (marine worms), with a focus on the sox family of genes. Lauren loves learning about how the world works (including everything from biology to chemistry to engineering), and is passionate about sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In the past, she has interned at the Museum of Science, where she educated learners of all ages through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. Other science education organizations with which Lauren has worked include The People’s Science, EurekaFest, and Eureka! of Girls Inc. of Worcester. Currently she lives in Boston, where devotes her free time to playing Quidditch, reading sci-fi novels, playing her ukulele, and enjoying all the culinary delights the city has to offer.

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