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Challenger Standards

Return to the Moon TM

The year is 2015. For the first time since 1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon. This time, they plan to stay. Their mission is to establish a permanent base on the Moon to observe and explore, as well as test the feasibility of off-Earth settlements. Navigating their way into lunar orbit, students must construct and launch a probe, and analyze a variety of data gathered from the lunar surface to select a site for establishing the permanent Moon base. Students begin a new era in human planetary explorations during their mission to Return to the Moon.

Supports the following State Science Content Standards

Grades 5: 1a, 1f, 3b, 5b, 5c, 6f, 6g, 6h

Grade 6: 1b, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7g

Grade 7: 4b, 4d, 6d, 6i, 6j, 7a, 7c, 7d, 7e

Grade 8: 1a, 2b, 2d, 2f, 2g, 3d, 4e, 7c, 9e, 9f

Grades 9 - 12: 1b, 1d, 1f, 3c, 4d, 5a, 5d, 9a

Rendezvous with Comet HalleyTM

It is 2061 and Comet Halley is once again entering the inner part of our solar system as it continues its 76-year orbit around the sun. Your mission is to transport a crew to the Space Station orbiting 250 miles above Earth.

From the Space Station you and the crew will plot a course to rendezvous with Comet Halley, assemble a probe, and launch it into the tail of the comet to collect important data for analysis. The observation and analysis of Comet Halley in 1986 were original mission objectives of Challenger’s last flight.

Alignment with State of California Science Standards

Grade
Level
Physical Science Life Science Earth Science Investigation & Experimentation
Grade 5 1c. Properties of metals
1g. Properties of matter
2b. Blood circulation 5a. The Sun
5b. Objects in the Solar System
5c. Paths of objects
6b. Testable question
6c. Simple investigation
6f. Use of tools
6g. Record data
6h. Draw conclusions
6i. Report of investigation
Grade 6 3a. Transfer of energy
3d. Heat energy transfer by radiation
6a. Utility of energy
5a. Photosynthesis 4b. Solar radiation energy 7a. Develop a hypothesis
7b. Use of tools
7c. Construct graphs
7d. Report of investigation
7e. Consistency of evidence
7g. Interpret data
Grade 7 6a. Electromagnetic Spectrum
6c. Light wave travel
6d. Use of lenses
6e. White light
6f. Refraction, reflection, absorption of light
6h. Comparison of human and machine joint actions
6j. Contractions of the heart
1d. Photosynthesis
3e. Extinction of a species
5g. Eye and ear functions
4b. Catastrophic events
4g. Geologic time scale
7a. Use of tools
7b. Use resources to collect data
7c. Draw conclusions
7d. Construct model
7e. Report of investigation
Grade 8 1a. Relative position to standard reference point
1b. Average speed
1c. Speed/distance problem-solving
1d, e. Velocity
2f. Mass/force
2g. Gravity in the Solar System
3a. Structure of atoms
3d. States of matter
3f. Periodic table
5e. Acids/bases
8a, b. Density/mass
4e. Objects in the Solar System 9a. Test a hypothesis
9b. Evaluate data
9c. Variables/ controls
9d. Linear graphs
9e. Data graphs
9f. Mathematical relationships


Voyage to Mars TM

It is 2076, one hundred years after the landing of Viking I, and a now routine voyage to Mars has brought the latest human crew into Martian orbit. Control of the incoming flight has been transferred from Houston’s Mission Control to Mars Control at Chryse Station. The crew arriving from Earth on the Mars Transport Vehicle has been trained to replace the crew of astronauts that has run Mars Control for the past two years, and to continue its scientific explorations of the Red Planet.

Alignment with State of California Science Standards

Grade
Level
Physical Science Life Science Earth Science Investigation & Experimentation
Grade 5 1c. Properties of metals
1d. Periodic table
1g. Properties of matter
2a. Multicellular organisms
2b. Circulatory system
2e. Nutrient transportation
2f. photosynthesis
3b. States of water
3d. Available water
4a. Convection currents
4c. Severe weather
4e. Atmospheric pressure
5b. The Solar System
5c. Paths of planets
6b. Testable question
6c. Conduct investigation
6d. Variables
6f. Use of tools
6g. Record data|
6h. Draw conclusions
6i. Report of investigation
Grade 6 3d. Heat transfer through radiation
6a. Energy conservation
5a. Photosynthesis
5c. Categorizing organism populations
1d,e. Geological events (volcanic)
2a, b. Topography
4b. Solar energy
4d. Convection currents
7a. Develop a hypothesis
7b. Use of tools
7c. Construct graphs
7d. Report on investigation
7e. Consistency of evidence
7f. Read topographical & geological maps
7g. Interpret events
Grade 7 6d. Use of lenses
6e. White light
6f. Refraction, reflection, absorption of light
6h. Comparison of human and machine joint actions
6j. Contractions of the heart
1f. Cell differentiation
3c. Biological evoluation
5g. ear functions
4a. Earth processes
4b. Catastrophic events
4c. Rock cycles
4e. Fossils
4g. Geologic time scale
7a. Tools for testing
7b. Use resources to collect data
7c. Draw conclusions
7d. Read scale models
7e. Report on investigation
Grade 8 1a. Relative position to standard reference point
1b. Average speed
1c. Speed/distance problem-solving
1e, f. Velocity & graphing
2f. Mass/force
2g. Gravity in the Solar System
3a. Structure of atoms
3d. States of matter
3f. Periodic table
5e. Acids/bases
8a, b. Density/mass
6b. Molecules of living organisms 4c. Astronomical unit
4e. Objects in the Solar System
9a. Test a hypothesis
9b. Evaluate data
9c. Variables/ controls
9d. Linear graphs
9e. Data graphs
9f. Mathematical relationships