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Transportation and Space: Reuse and Recycle – Transportation

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Grade Levels

Grades 9-12


Earth Science, Human Interactions and Environment


Educator Guides, Lesson Plans / Activities

When humans colonize space, they will need to adapt the technologies and processes of disposing and using waste and natural resources to overcome the challenges of the new environment. Some of the objectives of the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate/Extend, Evaluate) lessons in this unit are:

  • Explain that technological problems must be researched before they can be solved.
  • Identify the natural and man-made resources existing in space.
  • List available space resources and analyze their potential to generate a profit.
  • Provide examples of how making decisions about the use of technology involves weighing the trade-offs between positive and negative effects.
  • Develop and communicate a business plan that reuses discarded man-made resources.

The unit includes a pre-/post- test and student sheets.
Transportation and Space: Reuse and Recycle – Transportation [5MB PDF file]
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