The Gallery of the Galaxy Space Study STEAM unit explores space through different lenses such as science, art, music, and math. Students study the physical and chemical properties of the moon, observing and recording the phases of the moon in a moon journal, learning about lunar eclipses and tides, and comparing forces on the moon and on earth.
In technology, students use Google Moon to study the lunar surface. They look at the history and accomplishments of the Apollo Missions, learn about the technology of lunar landers and rovers, conduct internet research for surface models, and create a Google Slides presentation to share solar system research.
Students draw blueprints of lunar landers and lunar rovers, build and test lunar vehicles on a simulated lunar surface, program Lego rovers using basic coding software, engineer reverse molds and learn plaster casting techniques.
Math class provides them with opportunities to discuss scale, angles, arcs, diameters and orbits. They analyze large numbers and units of measure; use comparisons, ratios, quadrants and grids; create spheres and learn related geometric terms, and grid the lunar surface.