Reply To: Module 5 – Rockets & Alien Chemistry

Laura Kenny

    In this lesson plan for second class, we will create a spacecraft using simple materials. Over two 45-minute sessions, students will learn basic spacecraft design while developing creativity, fine motor skills, and teamwork. We’ll start with a brief introduction to spacecraft, showing pictures and videos, and discussing their purpose. Students will then brainstorm and draw their spacecraft designs in small groups, choosing materials like cardboard, aluminum foil, and plastic bottles. They will begin building on the first day, focusing on structure, and continue adding details and decorations on the second day. Each group will present their completed spacecraft, explaining its features and design choices. The lesson will conclude with a class discussion about what they learned. Classroom discussion will then take place – which spacecraft would travel the furthest/fastest etc.. Why? This hands-on activity aims to make learning fun and develop an interest in space exploration.


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