Exploration: Then and Now -- Transportation Lesson
This lesson will help your students answer the question:
How do vessel design, navigation and propulsion affect exploration?
In this lesson, students will
-- Measure and compare the two-dimensional and three-dimensional space of the Godspeed
, one of the ships that carried the Jamestown settlers, with that of the Orion spacecraft, the crew exploration vehicle, or CEV, that will carry astronauts back to the moon.
-- Use a compass to identify intersecting points to demonstrate how the Global Positioning System, or GPS, works.
-- Use a coordinate plane to identify the latitude and longitude of a specific location on a map of the moon.
-- Compare Landsat maps of the Chesapeake Bay with Captain John Smith's maps of the same area.
-- Use a map or a magnetic compass to identify cardinal and intermediate directions on Captain John Smith's map.
-- Construct, estimate the surface area of, and test a model kite.
-- Experiment and compare how three different surface areas affect a kite's flight.
-- Design an experiment to test different propulsion systems.
-- Compare challenges faced by 17th-century and 21st-century explorers.
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The educational module Exploration: Then and Now
examines four themes and compares exploration of the past and present. The module focuses on the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English-speaking colony in the New World, and NASA's plans to return to the moon and reach for Mars. Each lesson consists of several student activities.
Also in this series:
Cover and Introduction
Follow the Water
All components of the modules are available from the Jamestown Journey →