Middle School Design Brief: S=space Engineering! from Exploring Technology, Unit 3 (Human Exploration), Lesson 3 (Lunar Colony Design and Development)

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Middle School Design Brief: S=space Engineering! from Exploring Technology, Unit 3 (Human Exploration), Lesson 3 (Lunar Colony Design and Development)


Trombley, Joan M., Technology and Engineering Teacher


Although the main focus of the unit is space engineering, other elements of engineering are included in some way, such as energy engineering and structures engineering. All Engineering byDesign[[TM]] (EbD[TM]) units and lessons start with the "Big Idea," which is the focus of the engineering learning activities. For this unit, the "Big Idea" is: Humans have always had an innate desire to explore past the boundaries of earth to the moon and beyond. To that end, there are many technological, societal, and safety-related challenges that are associated with travel to and habitation of the lunar surface. This unit is part of the 6th grade Exploring Technology course, which is designed for students to develop an understanding of the progression and scope of technology through exploratory experiences. As is the case with all EbD[TM] courses, there is flexibility to use the curriculum for higher or lower grade levels with minor adjustments based on student ability levels.

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In Unit 3, Human Exploration, students take the concepts that they have learned from Units 1 and 2, apply them to design a Lunar Colony, and then build a model of their design. Those concepts include energy on the moon, lunar shelter design, lunar transportation, and sustainability. The curriculum provides many items to help teachers present the key concepts and to help students develop the skills necessary to be successful with the design challenge. …

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