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For Teachers

STAYING COOL DESIGN CHALLENGE
HOW DO YOU KEEP THINGS FROM GETTING TOO HOT?

Grade Level: 2 - 4
Duration: Three or Four - 30-45 minute periods

Link to the complete lesson

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Lesson Summary

Design challenges are intended to focus on real-life situations that give students the chance to deal with many of the same issues in which scientists, engineers, and researchers are confronted in their laboratories and their computers everyday. Using the "Staying Cool" theme addressed in the MESSENGER Education Modules, we challenge your students to work as a team to design and build an effective sunshade for a model MESSENGER spacecraft.

Essential Question

How does the amount of sunlight and heat change in areas that are shaded?

Concepts

Standards & Benchmarks

NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS

Standard E 1-5: Abilities of Technological Design

Standard E 6-10: Understanding About Science and Technology

BENCHMARKS FOR SCIENTIFIC LITERACY (AAAS PROJECT 2061)

Benchmark 3B1

Benchmark 3B2

Benchmark 3B3

Benchmark 11B1