Lessons

Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 15:03

Rovers

Rovers are some of the best known spacecraft out there! In this lesson we’ll learn what a rover is, multiple ways a rover can move, and different forms of rover control. We’ll look at the pros and cons of each type of rover control and also discuss what it’s like to communicate with our rovers depending on the position of the planets.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • What ways can a rover move?
  • What are the three types of rover control?
  • What is the speed of light?
  • What does Opposition mean?
  • What does conjunction mean?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 15:10

Submarines

Why are Submarines in Space Class you may ask? Well, there is water all over the Solar System. It is not just on Earth. And we want to explore those liquid areas! In this lesson we’ll learn the difference between a submarine and a submersible, learn a little bit about deep sea life, the challenges of underwater exploration, and the forces acting on a submarine.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • What are some of the icy worlds in our Solar System?
  • What is the difference between a submarine and a submersible?
  • What type of energy is chemosynthesis?
  • What are some of the challenges of exploring icy worlds?
  • What are the four main forces on a submarine?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 12:51

Landers

Landing is very important to exploration, both on other planets & moons as well as returning astronauts safely to Earth. In this lesson we’ll learn about where we have landed, what is Planetary Protection, the things we need to consider when going from SUPER FAST to STOPPING on the surface, and the main ways we have landed our spacecraft and astronauts.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • Why do we want to land on other places?
  • What is Planetary Protection?
  • What are the main factors affecting landing?
  • What is the relationship between density and gravity?
  • What are the three main ways we land?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 9:28

Astronauts

Humans in space! One of the most popular answers to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is an Astronaut. How does one become an astronaut? What is the process for applying to be a NASA astronaut? What are the basic requirements and is there anything else that should be done beyond that? Where have we sent astronauts so far? Learn what it takes in this lesson!

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • Where do you have to be a citizen to be a NASA astronaut?
  • How many people have walked on the moon so far?
  • How long have we had continual human presence in space?
  • What does the ISS stand for?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 8:32

CPU Fundamentals

We control our robots and our spacecraft with something called a CPU. A CPU is a Central Processing Unit. In this lesson we’ll talk about computers and why we use robots in exploration. We’ll learn what a CPU is, what A CPU is made up of, and a little introduction to computer logic. We take a complex machine and break it down into simple parts.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • What does CPU stand for?
  • What is a CPU made up of?
  • What is a Logic Gate?
  • What is a Logic Gate made up of?
  • What is a Transistor?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 9:49

Communication

How do we communicate in space? We need to be able to talk to our spacecraft and have them talk to us. In this lesson, we’ll learn the different types of space communication, some of the different plans & hardware used, what a ground network is, and the basics of encoding and decoding a signal.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • What are the two basic things you need for communication?
  • What are two ways that we can communicate in space?
  • What is the difference between non-directional or omni directional and directional antennas?
  • What is the thing that we use to bounce a signal with an antenna?
  • Which reflecting plate is used to focus a signal?
  • What is the Morse code for the number three?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 13:28

Spectroscopy

What is Spectroscopy? That’s a pretty big science word. Spectroscopy is the study of how electromagnetic radiation, like visible light, X-rays, and infrared light, interacts with matter. In this lesson, we’ll learn what spectroscopy is, talk about the different wavelengths of light, how we use it in space exploration, and what we can learn with spectroscopy.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • What is spectroscopy?
  • What is matter?
  • What are some different types of wavelengths of light?
  • What can we learn with spectroscopy?
  • Where do we do spectroscopy?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 9:16

Rocks

Rocks can help us learn about the past. They are kind of like pages in a history book of Earth. If we can learn about this on Earth, we can use rocks to learn about places that are not Earth, like Mars. In this lesson we’ll learn about geology, how rocks form, and what we can learn from rocks in space! We’ll also talk about rock layers and fossils.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • What is Geology?
  • What is Steno's First Law? 
  • What can rocks tell you? 
  • How do rocks form?
  • What is stratigraphy?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 5:00

Nebula

A nebula is a giant cloud of dust and gas in space! In this lesson we’ll learn about the different types of nebulas that are out there, what nebulas are made out of, how some nebulas glow, and what gives a nebula its color. We’ll also talk about where baby stars come from!

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • What is a nebula?
  • What are the different types of nebulas?
  • What determines a nebula’s color?
  • What are the elements in the nebula?
Ages: 8 - 12
Duration: 13:02

Rockets

The basics of Rocket Science! Do you know what the first rockets were? In this lesson we’ll learn about the parts of a rocket, the basic principles of why a rocket works with Newton’s Laws of Motion, and the different forces acting on a rocket. We’ll also talk about when we do and do not launch rockets.

After this lesson, you’ll be able to answer:
  • When can we launch rockets and when don't we?
  • What are the principles that describe why a rocket moves? 
  • What are the three main forces on a rocket at lift-off?
  • What is a barometer? 
  • What is the force a rocket can experience in flight?
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Satisfy your curiosity with all 10 Space Class lessons! Rovers, Submarines, Landers, Astronauts, CPU Fundamentals, Communications, Spectroscopy, Rocks, Nebula, Rockets. Comes with a downloadable PDF booklet to follow along and take notes.

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