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Lesson 2: Let's Design

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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


This 5-E lesson will guide students in using the engineering design process to design a plant growth chamber for use on the lunar surface.

Students will:

  • Explain that design is a creative planning process that leads to useful products and systems.
  • Identify criteria and constraints related to the design and development of a plant growth chamber on the lunar surface.
  • Apply the engineering design process to solve a problem.
  • Identify and describe the major steps in the engineering design process.
  • Explain that brainstorming is a group problem-solving design process in which each person in the group presents his or her ideas in an open forum.
  • Use criteria and constraints related to the design and development of a plant growth chamber to brainstorm possible design solutions.
  • Analyze possible solutions to the design challenge.
  • Select an approach to the design challenge.

This lesson includes a rubric.

Packing Up for the Moon - Lesson 2 [503KB PDF file]

Lesson 2: Let's Design is part of the Packing Up for the Moon Educator Guide.

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