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AIAA Educator Academy:
Mars Rover Model Celebration
I am Edgar Bering
It is July 31, 2013
Tell us who you are?
• Academy Overview
• The Three Modules
• Mars Rover Celebration
 Lesson Plan Overview
 Lesson Details
 Common Files Details
• Capstone Events
Webinar Objectives
• Target Audience: AIAA Educator Associate
• Objectives:
 Present an Overview of the Mars Rover Curriculum
 Introduce the Lesson Plans and How to Use Them
 Suggest Ways of Starting the Program in Your Area
Educator Academy Objectives
• Publish AIAA-approved, standards-aligned curriculum
modules that convey the wonder and excitement of
careers in aerospace. The first three of these have been
• Have these curricula adopted on a long term basis in
many schools.
• Engagement with the schools that are using the
curricula by their local sections.
• Quantitative efficacy assessments from the teachers
using the materials.
The Layers
Regions and
Educator Associates and Section Mentors
impacting thousands of Students
The Modules
• Mars Rover
 Originated in Tucson Section
 Matured by Houston Section
• Tethered Electric Cargo Plane
 Mid-Atlantic Section
• Space Weather Balloon
 Houston, Michigan, Northern NJ Sections, with
Mars Rover Celebration Curriculum Module
What is the Mars Rover Curriculum Module?
A six week inquiry based
science curriculum for grades
Teams select a specific science
mission on Mars.
15 5E Lesson Plans.
All Lessons feature an
Essential Question
Science Notebook evaluation
Standards Aligned
Key Words and Reading
Mars Rover Pedagogy
Conceptual understanding can be delivered through both
inquiry and direct instruction.
Inquiry-based science instruction promotes a greater
understanding of scientific investigation as a process.
This approach supports the central goal of the Mars Rover
Celebration—to promote long-term interest in STEM-related
fields and careers.
Cobern, W. W., Schuster, D., Adams, B., Applegate, B., Skjold, B., Undreiu, A., and Gobert,
J. D. (2010). Experimental comparison of inquiry and direct instruction in science. Research
in Science & Technological Education, 28(1): 81–96.
Mars Rover Pedagogy
• Student choice should drive classroom activities & discourse.
• Teachers should act as “guides” & “listeners” whenever
• Active exploration should precede explanation of new material.
• Student experience and preconceptions should be recognized
and addressed.
• Divergent thinking should be actively encouraged.
Lesson Overview
The Mars Rover Celebration lesson plans are a unique
blend of hands-on science and practical literacy lessons.
The students learn what real scientists do and how
careers in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology
can be fun and rewarding as they work in a collaborative
team to build their Mars rover.
The lessons set the foundation for students’ successful
pursuit of STEM careers and demonstrate the
importance of language arts skills in STEM fields.
Science Component
• The science component of each lesson walks
students through the steps necessary to
successfully create their Mars rover mission.
Language Arts Component
• The literacy component of each lesson teaches key
vocabulary and provides mini-lessons on research,
writing, and presentation skills crucial to student
Lesson Sequence
The six week Mars Rover Celebration lesson plans
walk students through the process to create a
successful mission:
 Week 1: Introduction to Mars Celebration
Lesson 1: Overview of the Solar System (2 periods)
Lesson 2: Introduction to the Mars Celebration Project (2 periods)
Lesson 3: Research Tools and Skills
 Week 2: Investigating Mars
Lesson 3 (cont.): Research Tools and Skills
Lesson 4: Investigating Mars (2 periods)
Lesson 5: Selecting Team Rover Missions (2 periods)
Lesson Sequence
 Week 3: Designing the Mission
Lesson 6: Mission Measurements (2 periods)
Lesson 7: How Do I Measure This? (2 periods)
Lesson 8: Where is the Best Place to Make These Measurements?
 Week 4: Understanding Rovers
Lesson 9: Spacecraft Structure and Design (3 periods)
Lesson 10: Landing, Moving and Surviving Conditions (2 periods)
Lesson Sequence
 Week 5: Writing and Building
Lesson 11: Brainstorm and Preliminary Design (2 periods)
Lesson 12: Final Design (2 periods)
Lesson 13: Construct Mock-up (3 periods)
 Week 6: Practicing and Presenting
Lesson 14: Manual and Skit (2 periods)
Lesson 15: Present Skits and Models (2 periods)
Obtaining the Lessons
• Two sets of lessons are available:
 Grades 3-5
 Grades 6-8
• Once on this page, scroll up to find the general files
and down to find the lesson plans
Obtaining the Lessons
• Each lesson comes in a zip file which will contain the
following components:
Lesson Plan
Science Notebook
Vocabulary Cards
Literacy Mini-lesson (presentation & notes pages)
Essential Question Card
Standards Alignment
Using the Lesson Plans
Lesson number and
name are on title page
Recommended grade level
Features of the Lesson Plan
Lesson objectives allow
teachers to document skills
taught in each lesson
Features of the Lesson Plan
The Engagement section sets
the stage for learning by
piquing student interest.
Students learn key vocabulary
and crucial background
knowledge through the use of
engaging, interactive activities
Features of the Lesson Plan
Features of the Lesson Plan
The Exploration section helps students
learn critical information through
hands-on, active learning, not passive
Features of the Lesson Plan
The Explanation section allows
students to synthesize and
integrate their learning. The
teacher monitors and reteaches
to ensure student
understanding. Science
notebooks document the
learning taking place.
Features of the Lesson Plan
The Elaboration section offers
suggestions on differentiating
instruction for groups of all
ability levels. It also offers ideas
for additional activities should
time permit.
Features of the Lesson Plan
The Evaluation section offers
teachers suggestions for
assessing student progress and
for obtaining grades for the work
Obtaining the Lessons
• Each lesson comes in a zip file which will contain the
following components:
Lesson Plan
Science Notebook
Vocabulary Cards
Literacy Mini-lesson (presentation & notes pages)
Essential Question Card
Standards Alignment
Vocabulary Cards
Carefully chosen illustrations clarify
word meanings and form part of
the explanation of the word
Student friendly definitions assist
students to understand and learn
critical vocabulary words
Vocabulary Cards
New vocabulary is taught using
scientifically proven methods…
 Student friendly definitions
 Examples and Non-examples
 Multiple exposures to the target
word in different contexts
 Word origins and cognates are
taught when applicable
 Actively thinking about the word
in real contexts
 Using the word in real-life,
practical and personally relevant
Literacy Mini-Lessons
Most lessons contain literacy mini-lessons which provide
short lessons on essential language arts skills related to
their Mars rover project. Topics include…
 Internal Dialogues
 Informational Text Features
 Note Taking
 Writing a Scientific
 Making Inferences &
 Learning New Vocabulary
 Making Concept Maps
 Writing Effective Captions &
 Writing a Presentation
Science Notebooks
The Science Notebooks contain
written questions and activities
related to each lesson.
Pacing Guide
The Mars Rover Celebration Pacing Guide can help
you stay on track as you teach the curriculum. The
Pacing Guide outlines how many days each lesson is
expected to take and makes recommendations on how
much time to spend on the individual components of
each lesson.
For each lesson, the Pacing Guide also lists the
essential question, the activities available and the key
vocabulary words.
Pacing Guide
Strand Map Resources
Mission Patches
Mission Patches allow students to feel like real astronauts. Teachers may print
out the templates (on labels) and give these to students each week upon the
successful completion of that part of the mission. It is a great way to keep
students excited and motivated.
Formative Assessment Strategies
Mars Rover Celebration Event
Why an Event?
The Mars Rover Capstone Event
• Helps to prepare children in a way
that traditional classroom lessons
cannot fully achieve
• Students learn to work in teams over
a period of time, accountability for
project completion, presentation
skills, and experience the scientific
method in a fun and fulfilling activity
• Students can participate in a STEMbased activity encompassing many
individual interests.
Getting Ready
The Mars Rover Capstone Event
Designed to be executed in a
single classroom, one grade level,
a school-wide competition, or a
citywide event.
Smaller school-level competitions
help reduce the number of models
in the city-wide competitions.
Starting an Educator Academy Program in Your Section
• Contact Your Section Leadership
 Ask For Help Starting a Program
Insist they schedule a…
• Miniworkshop
 Section Council plus enough others to make 20
 Introduce one module in detail
 The Institute sends the instructor
Starting an Educator Academy Program in Your Section
Or a …
• Full Academy Visit
6 hour Teacher Training Workshop
Train the Trainers Workshop (leave a legacy behind)
Train the Capstone Organizers Workshop
This visit is mostly the Institute’s responsibility
Starting an Educator Academy Program in Your Section
• Capstone Regional Competition
 Provides incentive for teachers to use the whole curriculum
 Provides increased opportunity for Section-Teacher contact
 The Section’s job
• Mentoring
 TC and Engineers as Educators members provide content
and teaching support
• Follow Up Evaluations
Curriculum Materials
• Educator Academy Web Page
• Each Module has a Curriculum Materials
publication and a Supply List
• Links to Additional Resources are Provided
• Questions?
Thank You for Attending Today!
Additional Questions and Information:
• Gar Bering, STEM K-12 Chair, [email protected]
• Elana Slagle, [email protected]
• Lisa Bacon, AIAA Program Manager, [email protected]
Please join us for our next Educator Academy webinars:
Aug 1, 2pm EDT, Educator Academy- Space Weather Balloon
Sept 5, 2pm EDT, Educator Academy- Overview
Capstone Organizing Details:
Oct 1, 2pm EDT, Educator Academy- Electric Cargo Plane Capstone
Oct 2, 2pm EDT, Educator Academy- Space Weather Balloon Capstone
Oct 3, 2pm EDT, Educator Academy- Mars Rover Celebration Capstone

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