This session we embarked on a Space Themed Project two weeks before Spring Break. Then we didn’t get to come back to school from Spring Break but the learning continued at home. I wanted to share the learners’ work here for everyone to see. Their perseverance through this strange time was beautiful to see. We ended up simplifying the project goal and we missed out on some fun experiences that we had planned to do (i.e. shooting off model rockets), but these kids are amazing and deserve to be able to share their work, so please look through and leave an encouraging word for these young space explorers. This group includes 1 Kindergartener, 2 First Graders, 2 Second Graders, and 4 3rd graders.
When I began planning this project I didn’t have a clear end goal in mind. We start a lot of projects that way. It is called an emergent curriculum. It allows the students to drive the project with their own goals and interests. As we started exploring, the students found information about how the possibility of ice on the moon could expand our possibilities for space travel. The ice could be turned into hydrogen (for fuel) and oxygen (for breathing). They also learned that when launching from the moon you don’t have to deal with gravity and atmosphere like on earth so it can be a much more efficient way to launch further into the solar system.
With that understanding we designed our project. It has three parts: (1) Plan a space mission and write up a proposal to seek “funding.” (2) Research and report on what is already known about your chosen mission destination. (3) Design a spacecraft that will be used with your mission.
The Hypertest Mission is to go to Mars to see if there is water on Mars. We will look under ground by drilling down with my spacecraft. It will be built on Earth by 2029 and will be launched from Earth to go to the moon in 2032. It will do some test drilling on the moon for 3 years before getting ready to launch to Mars. My space craft will launch from the moon in 2036.
There are 3 parts. The drill points up when in launch position and becomes the nose cone. It has landing gear that comes down to land with the nose cone or drill pointed down for drilling. Just the drill spins, not the whole space craft. This is a manned mission. There will be two people in this spaceship in the main body of the ship. When they are done drilling they turn on small rocket boosters to fly out of the hole. They have to flip back over before they can launch with the big rocket boosters. If there is a problem they also have an escape pod.
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My trip will last till we collect five mini asteroids and five jars of space dust. It will help to find new material and hopefully send a rover to a comet. It is unmanned, if it lands on a comet it will send a rover to collect samples. It’s as big as an apartment building in height and longness. It will have a docking bay and plenty of room for computers and all its electronic stuff. The material is carbon fiber. The mission name is SABIR ( Super Anti Braking International Retractor). It will launch it from Earth because when it collects samples it retracts back to Earth. My goal is to find new materials. It will deploy solar panels and moveable thrusters. I want the asteroids to be 5 feet tall and long. I will find all my samples except the asteroids around the earth.
In 2024 we will go to comet 2P/Encke. It orbits the sun every 3.3 years and should be closer to the Earth at this time. First we will fly by the comet and take pictures. We will try to orbit it too so that we can take pictures at more than one angle. We are hoping to learn more about its outer surface. We will try to land on it and get important resources for use on earth or any other planet. We will collect rock, ice and gas samples. The samples will be delivered to the International Space Station for scientists to study.
Anything else to add? It will have a hierarchy with a queen as the ruler. It will have shopping malls, streets, houses, shops: all the things we have on earth will be replicated on that ship and it will have cats, dogs, birds and many more animals.
NASA Proposal Hello NASA my name is Declan and I’m here to ask for help to go to Uranus. I believe that there is an energy source found in crystals on Uranus, that will provide safe, clean and long lasting energy here on earth. My spacecraft will be an unmanned drone that will have special shields to protect it from the extreme cold and methane gas. The spacecraft will launch from earth to Uranus and will take 10 years to reach Uranus and 10 years to come back to earth. I am asking for 1 billion dollars to complete this mission. Thank you for your time.