How did humans conquer space?

An interesting lesson using Mozaik Education resources was conducted for students of the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, which was the start of our activities in the “Space Is Our Future” project.

This lesson presents the most important milestones in the conquest of space. Each milestone is illustrated with 3D animations that help students understand the achievements. The lesson aims to get students familiarised with the physics of how rockets lift off by describing two experiments.

1.The idea of travelling into space

● Introducing the topic with the quotation from Socrates, briefly talking about Jules Verne’s novels, the spacecraft of Jules Verne’s characters. Is it possible to travel to space this way?

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2. Travelling into space by rocket

● Presenting Tsiolkovsky’s work (the fundamentals of space exploration)

● Watching the related experiments together (Plastic bottle rocket, baking powder rocket). Drawing conclusions on how to do the experiments (preparations, planning)

● Explaining Wernher von Braun’s work

● Watching and discussing the 3D animation about the V–2 rocket together, Explaining the competition between the two superpowers during the Cold War; introducing the term space race

● Watching and discussing the 3D animation about the spacecraft Sputnik– together

● The story of Laika,The story of Belka and Strelka – students work in pairs

3. Humans in space, Space exploration today

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● Watching and discussing the 3D animation about Gagarin and the spacecraft Vostok, Clarifying the meaning of spacewalk through the story of the astronaut, Leonov, Explaining the Apollo program, Watching and discussing the 3D animation about the landing on the Moon, Getting familiar with the achievements of the past decades through

Students got acquainted with the most important milestones of space conquest.

Students understood the motivating factors and driving forces of space development. They got acquainted with technological devices and their physics, which contributed to the conquest of space.

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My name is Natalia Grushko. I am a teacher from Ukraine. I live in a beautiful town called Zalishchyky that is washed by the Dnister River. I have been teaching Maths and Computer Science at gymnasium. I have taken part in pedagogical skills contests. I prepare students for competitions. Also, we write research papers together. We are actively engaged in project activities. I am happy to have such a wonderful profession. I have some hobbies. I like traveling very much because, as for me, it is great to meet new people from other countries and learn something about their culture and customs. Travel opens me up to brand new experiences. Also, I enjoy cooking and taking pictures. In addition, I really like solving logical tasks, mathematical puzzles and sophisms. I am creative and sociable. I enjoy taking part in various projects and finding interesting colleagues and friends. I am open for cooperation and communication. I will be glad to acquaintance.