Explore the wild frontiers of our Solar system – Space is your next holiday destination

The Earth with a population of 9.9 billion is overpopulated with no space or privacy in 2050 so the Universe is the next holiday destination for all desiring peace and solitude. Space Tourism is the next big thing showcasing all the wonders and pleasures you will experience. So, sit tight and get ready for your space adventure. Our students have created an E -book to help you pack and be ready for your next trip.

The lesson scenario: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N9psaxPmtDWs0yB4W3ing_UuUHgkCPSr/view?usp=sharing was aimed at students of age 14 – 15 years. We integrated varied subjects like Physics, Geography, Maths, Chemistry, and Biology for the project work. The aim of the lesson:

  • Incorporate design thinking to map space travel for the future
  • Design the roadmap for humans to survive in Space
  • Create an e-book to guide travelers on their journey to space

The lesson outcomes was to have students be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate space travel vis-a-vis earth travel
  2. Analyze the roadblocks to space travel and create prototypes and test them
  3. Build 21st-century skills on creating the e-book which helps travelers survive a journey to space. 

The lesson commenced with me showing clips of the Movie, ‘The Martian’, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3ioOneTy8, and asking students if people could travel to space for a holiday. Questions pertinent to the movie on ‘Google Form’ was put across to students. [https://forms.gle/cxwKCtk2jQpvbN4n8] to gauge their understanding of space. Students have a discussion on the movie where the teacher asks the students to list their perspectives on the padlet and has the class analyze it for its validity. The conversation was stirred for students to imagine space travel within a few years and have students note down their thoughts in the padlet [https://padlet.com/kavitasanghvi2013/mcx3tdzej2ol7tji?utm_campaign=transactional&utm_content=padlet_url&utm_medium=email&utm_source=started_a_padlet] to the possible roadblocks to travel. 

The students were shown the following videos:

1. Airbus Foundation Discovery Space: Launching into space

2. Airbus Foundation Discovery Space: Launching into space

3. Airbus Foundation Discovery Space Water on the moon

4. Airbus Foundation Discovery Space Food on the moon

5. Airbus Foundation Discovery Space Air on the moon

Link to all the videos is https://www.airbus.com/company/sustainability/airbus-foundation/discovery-space/kids/mission-to-the-moon.html#medialist-video-video-all_ml_0-2

Aerospace videos shown to students

After piquing their interest, I proceeded to share the project work. I ask students that they would work in groups of 6 where they would design space travel to the future. Each group will work on one aspect shared below. They will present the prototype through either physical representation like chart/posters/experiments or E- presentation. I also assign roles to each student in the group: Facilitator, recorder, reporter, Material manager, checker, and timekeeper. 

Teacher divides students into groups
  • Mode of Travel
  • Food and accommodation
  • Climate and human biological adjustments
  • Personal waste management
  • Leisure activities in space
  • Health and safety

Every group comes together and shares their plan of action and the peers assess each other to offer more constructive feedback. The list of digital resources was shared to create an E-book with students and asks them to compile their learning and share it with future space tourists. The rubric to assess each other is shared below:

RUBRIC – Peer to Peer evaluation

Note: Student will tick the appropriate box

Name of student: __________________ Roll No _______

CriteriaExpert (4)Master (3)Apprentice (2)Novice (1)
Implementation of design thinkingHas very effectively used the steps of design thinking to create a prototype to test it. Has effectively used the steps of design thinking to create a prototype to test it.Has fairly used the steps of design thinking to create a prototype to test it.Is struggling to use the steps of design thinking to create a prototype to test it.
Elements and Principles of designPlanned carefully and showed advances awareness of elements and principles of design. Student went above and beyond expectations.Student applied the principles of design while using one or more elements effectively. Student met expectations.Student did the assignment adequately, yet shows a lack of planning and little evidence that an overall composition was plannedStudent showed little evidence of any understanding of the elements & principles of design. No evidence of planning. Student did the minimum of work required.
Problem solving The students have detailed the roadblocks to space travel critically and arrived at sound sustainable solutions. The students have detailed the roadblocks to space travel critically and arrived at sustainable solutions. The students have attempted to detail the roadblocks to space travel critically and arrived at fair sustainable solutions. The students have struggled to detail the roadblocks to space travel critically and arrived at questionable sustainable solutions. 
CollaborationThe students collaborated with high effectiveness and displayed strong team workThe students collaborated with moderately high effectiveness and displayed high team workThe students collaborated with fair effectiveness and displayed good team workThe students collaborated with low effectiveness and displayed poor team work
Rubric as provided by the Author

The students did phenomenal work and the links below showcase their work.





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