Classroom Activity

Lesson 1: Identifying Criteria and Constraints
 
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 5-8


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.