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Lesson Title: NASA Simulations
May 11, 2012

Unit: Engineering - Exploration

Grade Levels: 4-6

Connection To Curriculum: Science and Technology

Teacher Prep Time: 15-30 minutes

Lesson Time Needed: 1 hour

Complexity Basic

Keywords: simulations, computer simulations, computer-based


Computers with Internet access

Students will use NASA Web-based simulators to follow sequenced directions and complete ordered tasks while learning how the shuttle is made ready for flight, how the shuttle docks with the International Space Station, how the shuttle lands, and how NASA retrieves the solid rocket boosters.

Students will:
• Follow given directions throughout the simulation media to complete the proper sequences.
• Incorporate the use of technology when presented with various simulated situations.

First page of NASA Simulations

Lesson Guide
NASA Simulations Lesson
[241KB PDF file]



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Lesson Activities and Sequence

  1. Introduce students to the interactive media resource provided by Information Technology and Communications Services at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
  2. Students should begin with the first simulation and continue.
  3. Discuss what happened: Instruct the students to share their simulation experiences and talk about how they solved any problems that came up.
  4. Evaluation: Observe and record students' successes in the use of technology and the simulation interface to complete each mission.

Keywords: simulations, computer simulations, computer-based

National Standards:

National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
• Risks and benefits.
• Science and technology in society.
History and Nature of Science
• Science as a human endeavor.
• Nature of science.
• History of science.

ISTE NETS and Performance Indicators for Students, ISTE
Creativity and Innovation
• Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
• Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.


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