Astronautical Engineering

Recommended: Grades 4-5

In this unit, students will learn that:

  • ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving components
  • the solar system is composed of the sun, planets (including Earth), and moons
  • the path of a planet around the sun is affected b the gravitational attraction between the sun and the planet
  • the earth orbits the sun in one year
  • the earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours
  • space exploration is the travel through our solar system using space technology to learn more about it
  • astronautical engineers design rockets and spacecraft for space exploration using the Engineering Design Process
  • robots are machines that follow instructions to complete a task
  • robots are used as astronauts' assistants, and can even handle some of the riskier work outside of the space shuttle
  • special attention is paid to robots' thumbs, pointers, and middle fingers to ensure dexterity and precision in handling tools

Total: 4 to 6 hours of instruction

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  • Digital STEM curriculum for Grades 2-5
  • Scripted lessons covering 12 fields of engineering
  • Standards-aligned: NGSS, Common Core ELA, Math Extensions
  • Project-Based Learning: Real-world challenges sourced from industry leaders
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  • Frameworks: Engineering Design Process, Career Exposure, "Four C's" (Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)
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* These are recommended grade levels based on the language and concepts used in the lesson plans. Many teachers differentiate instruction for upper and lower grades when using the full curriculum.

(Recommended for Grades 4-5)*:

  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Software Engineering

(Recommended for Grades 2-3)*: 

  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

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