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Lesson 3: Turning Designs into Reality

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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, Technology


This 5-E lesson will guide students through the process of building, testing and analyzing a prototype of a lunar plant growth chamber.

Students will:

  • Develop a design proposal for a lunar plant growth chamber.
  • Develop a production plan for a prototype lunar plant growth chamber.
  • Explain that management is the process of planning, organizing and controlling work.
  • Describe how modeling, testing, evaluating and modifying are used to transform ideas into practical solutions.
  • Make two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations of the designed solution.
  • Apply the engineering design process to solve a problem.
  • Test and evaluate the design in relation to pre-established requirements, such as criteria and constraints, and refine as needed.
  • Make, analyze and refine a prototype of a lunar plant growth chamber and document the solution.

This lesson includes a rubric.

Packing Up for the Moon - Lesson 3 [1MB PDF file]

Lesson 3: Turning Designs into Reality is part of the Packing Up for the Moon Educator Guide.

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