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Lesson 1: Identifying Criteria and Constraints

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 5-8
Publication Year: 2007
Product Number: EP-2007-08-93-MSFC
Subjects: General Science, Life Science, Space Science, Technology


Design is a creative planning process that leads to useful products and systems. This 5-E lesson prepares students to identify the requirements for the design and development of a plant growth chamber for the lunar surface.

Students will:

  • Explain how invention and innovation relate to the development of new products, processes and systems.
  • Identify criteria and constraints related to the design and development of a lunar plant growth chamber on the lunar surface.
  • Explain that requirements for a design are made up of criteria and constraints.
  • Explain why there is no perfect design.
  • Explain that an organism uses oxygen to burn food to release energy and that the energy was originally from sunlight.
  • Determine the approximate ratio of two areas.

Packing Up for the Moon - Lesson 1 [357KB PDF file]

Lesson 1: Identifying Criteria and Constraints is part of the Packing Up for the Moon Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 31st, 2014
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