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MESSENGER Education Modules:
The Scientific Process In Action

By studying Mercury and our efforts to reach there, we define and solve design and engineering problems, and approach scientific research in innovative and productive ways.
Spacecraft Design
Using MESSENGER Data



Spacecraft Design

Grades
Lessons
Pre-K - 2
Saving Space
Pushes and Pulls: Getting Into Space
TBD
3 - 4
The Geometry of Saving Space; Eyes on Mercury - Tools of Remote Sensing
Rocket Power
MESSENGER Design
5 - 8
What do you need to go to Mercury? What are the parts of a spacecraft? Problem-solving and brainstorming
How do we get it off the ground: a look at rockets
How do you keep the spacecraft light and strong? Making composite materials
9 - 12
How do we get there? In a spacecraft with a given trajectory. Marble trajectories with time synchronization demonstration
Gravity Assist - Moving toy train and balls activity
Tracking the spacecraft. Communications



Using MESSENGER Data

Grades
Lessons
Pre-K - 2
TBD
TBD
TBD
3 - 4
TBD
TBD
TBD
5 - 8
TBD
TBD
TBD
9 - 12
TBD
TBD
TBD



Staying Cool

Grades
Lessons
Pre-K - 2
Design Challenge: What will keep my lunchbox cool?
3 - 4
Sensing Energy
Design Challenge: Keep It Cool! How do you keep things from getting to hot?
5 - 8
Snow Goggles
9 - 12
Cooling with Sunshades
Star Power! Discovering the Power of Sunlight
Dangers of Radiation Exposure



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