Educator Guide

Engineering Design for Human Exploration -- Energy and Power
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 9-12
Publication Number: EP-2009-03-51-MSFC

Description: The unit of 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate/Extend, Evaluate) lessons enhances student understanding of the engineering design process and its applications.

Students will learn:
  • To apply the 12 steps of the engineering design process in the development of a product or system to address surface power-generation problems in lunar exploration.
  • To communicate information formally, including significant data, using current presentation strategies.
  • To work collaboratively and safely to solve specific engineering design problems.
Students will do the following:
  • Build and launch a payload-style model rocket.
  • Develop a Technology Readiness Level chart to judge various technologies.
  • Design and build a highly detailed, scaled model of their proposed lunar habitat.
  • Design a functional, scaled model to power their lunar habitats.
The unit includes rubrics.

Engineering Design for Human Exploration -- Energy and Power [18MB PDF file]

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