Lesson 1: Students will investigate current and past space exploration technology. Based on their understanding of space technology, students will design and build a rover to explore a new planet based on their understanding of current and past Mars rover technologies.
Lesson 2: Students will investigate the visual properties of a new planet. Students will record observations and inferences based on the data gathered.
Lesson 3: Students will describe properties of planets in the Goldilocks Zone. Students will analyze data about the temperature of planets in our solar system. Students will investigate the temperature of a new planet and compare the temperature readings to that of other planets in our solar system.
Lesson 4: Students will investigate and describe solar energy and its uses.
Lesson 5: Students will design an experiment to answer a question about light on a new planet. Students will present their experiment idea to the class. Students will answer a question about light on the new planet by completing one of the student-designed experiments.