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Astronomy STEM Challenges | Space | Sky Science | Paper

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Encourage your students to learn about the different aspects of living in outer space through this set of fifteen STEM challenges that encourage students to creatively problem solve different scenarios. Students can research, build, create, draw, or dream up possible ways to live in space while learning about the different conditions on different planets or in weightless environments.

This product can be found in our Astronomy Unit Bundle.

This engaging product includes:

  • a list of possible materials to use to create prototypes and diagrams.
  • information on how to use the design process with these challenges.
  • fifteen open-ended challenges with suggestions to extend learning. These come in two formats (one for the teacher and a simpler one for students).
  • student planning pages (for work in groups or as individuals).
  • photos of students' examples for most of the challenges.
  • a rubric and suggestions for how to mark the challenges
  • self and group assessment pages.
  • suggestions for how challenges can be approached, but not answers since the purpose of the challenges is to be creative and think outside the box. 
Connect your space unit and language arts with our weekly reader series:
  • Canadian Space Tales (this is the bundle of all five weeks)
  • Pluto
  • Canadian Astronauts
  • Constellations (try this one for free)
  • Canadian Space Technology
  • Space Junk

These lessons align with:

  • the Alberta Program of Studies for Grade 6 Sky Science

These lessons support:

  • any STEM/STEAM program.
  • makerspace activities
  • any astronomy unit.

                                                              Ninja Note: This file is a PDF and requires printing for students to use.

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