This series of classroom-tested and easily-implemented lessons will help you to teach STEM concepts. The Space Challenge encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning. They will work as young scientists and engineers, immersing themselves in motivating STEM activities that promote creative problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills.
The Space Challenge Activity Pack is for educators who want to teach STEM through hands-on problem solving. Even if this is your first experience using LEGO MINDSTORMS or robotics in general, this learning program has been developed to support you and to make the materials suitable for your teaching environment.
The Space Challenge Activity Pack consists of seven Challenge Missions, nine Learning Missions, one Basics of Gears project and three Research Projects, separated into student and teacher versions in a multimedia content environment.
Each mission and project presents a fun STEM learning opportunity. The LEGO MINDSTORMS Content Editor features all the tools the students need for documenting and presenting their findings and results as they progress through the material.
Three Research Projects – co-developed with actual space engineers – provide rich opportunities for students to explore and create innovative solutions to current space exploration topics. The Research Projects are based on three key problems that researchers from around the world are trying to solve: how to ensure human survival in space, how to create energy in space, and how robots can help human space exploration.
The Space Challenge Activity Pack features the following main categories:
– Basics of Gears
Students learn the basics of gears in order to build effective robots by applying knowledge of physical science and mathematical principles
– Learning Missions
Students investigate, observe, calculate, and apply knowledge to solve specific tasks.
– Space Challenge
Students creatively adapt and apply programming and problem-solving skills to make robots that can solve challenges related to space exploration.
– Research Projects
Students participate in discussions and conduct projects designed to familiarise them with the planning and development of space exploration.
Comprehensive Teacher’s Notes
The highly detailed and comprehensive Teacher’s Notes will help you to implement Space Challenge in your class and will minimise the time spent on class preparation. The Teacher’s Notes include key learning areas, explanations, hints, programmes, and ideas for differentiation.
The Space Challenge Activity Pack requires requires a LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set (45544), a Space Challenge Set (45570) and a LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Software Licence (2000046).