My main goal in my study is to enable students to have ideas and knowledge about the lunar journeys planned in the near future and the main features of the Moon. To achieve this goal, I first read a news article from the press to students, enabling students to gain awareness through brainstorming and discussion.
We expect our students to do them with the studies for project implementation:
- Develop scientific thinking skills;
- Understanding the nature of Science and developing skills in using ICT tools;
- Learn that they have many options to solve the problems they see around them;
- Uses engineering design processes to solve a problem they encounter;
- Develop the ability to create alternative solutions to problems with simple materials and
- Understands the relationship between mathematics and science.
- Recognizes the importance of the Moon and space for the future.
I continued the lesson using an app called Space 4D. I asked my students to study the structure of the Moon and our Solar System and some of the spacecraft in three dimensions. So they observed with fun. They felt curiosity and joy.
All these activities allowed students to think about the relationship between the future and the month and question what might happen. Especially the observation of young age group students in three dimensions has been very successful in terms of making the process meaningful.
Great videos created by Airbus have been a very successful source to continue the lesson at this point. Videos about space transportation created in an animated style opened the horizons of students. It encouraged them to develop different ideas.
For the next lesson, I asked students to think about it and do research. We contacted esbas Space Camp, one of the important scientific centres of Izmir, and asked an expert to organize a webinar for our students and made time planning.
It was a great webinar. Students have learned much more about the moon, which will be the living space of the future, than in textbooks. The students were also introduced to a STEM career. We bowed and learned. They received their answers by asking their questions and curiosity directly to the subject’s expert. It was a highly interactive and in-depth event.
I divided my students into small groups using zoom breakout rooms. I gave the necessary instructions in written and oral form. At this event, groups were asked to respond to activity related to weight and Mass on Earth and the moon. At the end of the period, the answers of the groups that return to the zoom main gallery screen are evaluated together.
At the end of the scenario, the groups design a spacecraft that can be used for lunar transport. We also talked about renewable energy. I wanted them to use renewable energy sources for the spacecraft. I also said that their design should fly.