This curriculum has been designed to share the excitement, variety and challenges of space with 9th grade students across the US. These lessons are designed to be stand alone or they can also fit into a larger storyline each teacher chooses to adopt. These are also project-based modules that help students interact with the ideas in tangible and creative ways to stimulate interest and further exploration.
Lessons are designed to be flexible and can be taught either by a Lockheed Martin volunteer in the classroom, or by a teacher if no Lockheed Martin volunteers are available. Each lesson is approximately 1-2 hours in length, and we’ve suggested ways teachers can cover content if an LM volunteer is only available to facilitate a short portion of the lesson.
This curriculum can be implemented by a wide range of teachers: from those with very basic classroom resources (string, washers, paper, cardboard, etc.) to teachers with access to AutoCAD and other technical software. In cases when a high-tech option is the preferred method of instruction, a low-tech alternative activity is suggested for teachers without access to the high-tech resources.