Space Explorers is an interdisciplinary space exploration education curriculum designed for middle school youth funded by the Texas Space Grant Consortium. The curriculum includes lessons for use in mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, computer, theater, physical education, and art classes.
Students will broaden their knowledge and comprehension of space exploration through interactive, hands-on learning activities.
- Space Exploration activities will meet suggested TEKS and SCANS objectives identified by grade level.
- Students will learn ten vocabulary words related to space exploration.
- Students will increase knowledge in life science, remote sensing, orbital mechanics, and space exploration in general.
Fifth to eighth grade middle school students.
The curriculum is divided into four content areas: Overall Introduction to Space Exploration, Life Sciences, Remote Sensing, and Orbital Mechanics. Activities are designed to be part of an interdisciplinary program. Possible classroom organization methods include whole classroom instruction, cooperative groups, individual tasks, and learning centers. Teachers in grade level teams may choose to work cooperatively for a grade level thematic unit.
Descriptions for materials needed to implement each experiment are listed at the beginning of each teaching plan.
Training is available upon request from the Texas Space Grant Consortium or your local County Extension Service.
Evaluation methods are included in the appendix.
Travis County Extension Agent
4-H & Youth Development
Middle School Teacher
Johnson City I.S.D.
Graphics: Brandon Ray Doreck