Space Is Our Future – Fly me to the Moon

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Learning scenario “Mission to the Moon: Fly me to the Moon” By Barry McGuire helped me to develop my own learning scenario in the “Aerospace in Class”

The purpose of my lesson is to involve and stimulate children to learn about rocket flight. The students designed and programmed the rocket to show the importance of aerodynamics. They also learned about various forces that can affect their missiles.

During this lesson, students:

• Identified the main features of rockets designed for space travel

• Identified the design features required for a safe space flight

• Created and made their own rocket

• Tested the flight of the missile they developed and reviewed the findings. The children watched the video “Launch into space”, created by the Airbus Discovery Space Foundation. After watching the video, the students discussed the word “Aerodynamics”. They discussed why one shape is more aerodynamic than another, and where they could see it in the world around them.

The questions asked include:

– How exactly does a rocket engine work?

– What factors will affect your space launch?

– How can we design an aerodynamic rocket to fly to the moon? After discussing these features, we looked at “How to Fly in Space” and discussed what gravity means and how it will affect rocket launch and flight.

The questions asked include:

– What does gravity do?

– How does gravity affect you?

– Is gravity the same on the earth and the moon?

After studying and understanding the theoretical material, the children began to perform tasks. Fifth, sixth and seventh graders at created their own models of missiles and made them fly. The children used cyclic and branching algorithms to make their rocket travel more realistically in space.

Eighth graders wrote a python program that calculated the speed of a rocket in space depending on various parameters. Tenth graders at

have developed models of spacecraft. The children took into account the main aspects of aerodynamics.

In this learning scenario, children thought creatively and were innovative in their design and how they applied their learning to their project. When designing their rockets, children encountered some problems and were asked to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to find a solution.

Teamwork, communication and collaboration with each other are vital skills for children that will allow them to progress effectively at every step of the process.

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About nataliagrushko

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.