Lesson 1 – Monday, February 15th (Dr. M absent)
Today in science: After recording today’s Mars surface temperature data, students were reminded that the Mars Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on Thursday! In Lugano, live coverage can be followed on NASA/JPL’s YouTube stream for middle school students starting at 20:30 on Thursday night.
In preparation for Thursday’s landing, today students watched the NASA/JPL video below, which explains the different stages of this complicated, multi-stage process known as EDL (Entry, Descent, and Landing).
During the video, student were asked to complete the following (three) tasks in their Lab Notebooks…
- Describe what happens during the ENTRY stage of the mission.
- Describe what happens during the DESCENT stage of the mission.
- Describe what happens during the LANDING stage of the mission.
Homework: There is no science homework tonight (we will finish the video together in the next lesson).
Lesson 2 – Tues/Wed, February 16-17th (Dr. M absent)
Today in science: After recording today’s Mars surface temperature data, students continued watching the NASA/JPL video below, which explains the different stages of this complicated, multi-stage process known as EDL (Entry, Descent, and Landing). Both classes took the video back up around the 20-22 minute mark (see above).
Homework: There is no science homework tonight.
Lesson 3 – Wed/Thurs, February 17-18th
Today in science: After watching a Mark Rober video below to better understand Thursday night’s Mars landing, Dr. Merritt introduced all students to the new EV3 challenge, which is inspired by one of the purposes of the Mars Perseverance rover: data collection. In class, Dr. M laid out the rules of the challenge, which involve writing code to make an EV3 travel 1 meter in order to measure and record the temperature of a mystery liquid found in a ‘ground depression’ (aka. a 250-mL glass beaker) with the help of a wireless temperature probe.
Homework: Students are encouraged to watch some of NASA/JPL’s “Countdown to Landing” live stream for middle school students on YouTube. Although the stream occurred on Tuesday night, the recorded session is still available for viewing. In this stream, middle school students from around the world asked the NASA/JPL experts their most pressing questions.
Lesson 4 – Friday, February 19th
Today in science: After learning of the new EV3 Thermoprobe Challenge teams, as well as being reminded of both the rules of the challenge AND the “best practices” to follow when using temperature probes, students had the entire period to design and build a controllable, moveable extension that attaches to the EV3 and holds a Go Wireless temperature probe. Students were also given plastic cups similar to the size of the glass beaker that will be used in the final challenge.
Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.