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This activity introduces the engineering design process through building and driving a rover. In this lesson, youth will

  • learn how to navigate by writing instructions
  • build a rover
  • navigate the red planet by moving their rover from the landing site to another site on the planet

This activity is a part of the 4-H Goes to Mars! – A Virtual Science Adventure camp.

 

Nearpod Lessons

Lesson Resources

4 p.m. Live Session

The live session will begin with a presentation by the topic leaders for the day. Participants will not be able to see each other during this time because of the session being recorded. When the presentation is over, the recorder will be turned off and the meeting will be opened up for participants to ask questions and share their experiences with the activity at hand. Participants must pre-register at 4-H Goes to Mars!

Activity

You may order the challenge kit at the site listed below. You may also simply download the activity’s youth guidelines as well.

National 4-H STEM Challenge – Mars Base Camp Kit

Mars Base Camp Youth Guide

This activity will explore how different technologies used here on earth may be used in space. A lesson about GPS (global positioning system) technology will describe how it might be used on Mars. The solar energy topic will identify the benefits of renewable energy and discuss solar energy in space. Participants will learn how solar energy is made or collected and stored on the ISS.

This activity is a part of the 4-H Goes to Mars! – A Virtual Science Adventure camp.

Nearpod Lessons

The Nearpod lessons are self paced and can be taken at any time.

4 p.m. Live Session

The live session will begin with a presentation by the topic leaders for the day. Participants will not be able to see each other during this time because of the session being recorded. When the presentation is over, the recorder will be turned off and the meeting will be opened up for participants to ask questions and share their experiences with the activity at hand. Participants must pre-register at 4-H Goes to Mars! Today’s topic will follow the Nearpod lesson on GPS on Mars.

Activities

These activities will follow along with the Nearpod lesson on Solar Energy and How We Use it in Space!

Candy Collector

Students will identify renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. You will need the following supplies for this activity:

  • 50 M&M candies
  • two plastic bowls
  • one small plastic cup
  • three jelly beans

Additional Resources

In this lesson, students will dive into the science of sound beginning with a riddle icebreaker. They will experiment with sounds noting how sound changes in a seashell or cup over your ear. Participants will need a seashell or drinking cup. This activity will explore decibels of common items and the thresholds that can hurt us. This will use 4-H conductivity kits and a smart phone/device, which will be demonstrated in the live session. Students are also encouraged to participate in the student-paced Nearpod lesson what explores basic sound and the sound of a rocket launch and how NASA suppresses the sounds. To explore further, students can take part in the downloadable content to make homemade instruments to experiment with sound.

This activity is a part of the 4-H Goes to Mars! – A Virtual Science Adventure camp.

Nearpod Lessons

4 p.m. Live Session

The live session will begin with a presentation by the topic leaders for the day. Participants will not be able to see each other during this time because of the session being recorded. When the presentation is over, the recorder will be turned off and the meeting will be opened up for participants to ask questions and share their experiences with the activity at hand. Participants must pre-register at 4-H Goes to Mars!

Activities/Downloadable Content

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