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Summer Camp: Living and Working in Space—Mission to Enceladus (Age 7-8)
Learn what it would be like to survive on this icy moon of Saturn, explore its surface, and see what might be living underneath the ice as you have fun with your teacher and classmates in this exciting 5-day summer camp class.
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Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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What would it be like to travel to Enceladus and explore this bitter cold moon of Saturn that has a frozen ocean all around and ice plumes spraying out into space? Are their life forms swimming and growing in the water under its icy surface? What would your lander and rover look like, and what scientific instruments would you take with you? How would you have enough food, water, oxygen, and electricity for a space trip that could take eight years? How would we safely land and return to Earth?...
Students will learn that Saturn's moon Enceladus is completely covered with a frozen ocean with cracks in its surface and liquid water underneath. They will observe photos of plumes exiting those cracks and made of ice grains and water vapor. Also, they will learn what scientists speculate about what the ice plumes tell us and what might be in the water under the ice. The students will learn about the moon's surface temperatures, atmosphere, location relative to the planet Saturn, and history of exploration. They will learn the names and functions of several scientific instruments typically found on robotic spacecraft, as well as possible instruments astronauts can bring and use on the surface of another world. In addition, they will acquire a basic understanding of Newton's Third Law and how rockets work. They will also learn about various landing systems and under which conditions each one works well. Plus, they will learn about crucial aspects of survival on a space world, such as making sure that food, water, electricity, and oxygen are available and why spacesuits are necessary; and they will become familiar with methods astronauts can use to communicate with Earth and between each other during the mission.
For decades, I have enthusiastically taught elementary school-aged children about space, whether as a science teacher at school or in summer programs. Collaboration with NASA and university scientists has helped refine my expertise. I enjoy inspiring and motivating students to learn unfamiliar material in ways that are relevant to their everyday lives and to engage in critical thinking and problem solving. This involves a combination of inquiry, discovery, discussion, and storytelling with an age-appropriate sense of humor. Establishing a low-risk atmosphere and a comfortable rapport, I enjoy connecting with each individual learner, valuing the unique interests, strengths, and eager curiosity the students bring to class.
I recommend that each student have a clipboard with a few sheets of paper (blank or lined), or a notepad, and a pencil and eraser. Colored pencils or crayons are optional and may be helpful. Household materials to build models are optional. I will provide handouts whenever necessary to help the students accomplish various goals of the class. I will also provide the learners with a summary of the course material we cover in class.
4 hours 10 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Funny and Captivating Elementary School Science Teacher!
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
410 total reviews
278 completed classes
Hello all! I am excited to teach space, weather, language, and math classes on Outschool! A recently retired elementary school science teacher after 33 years in the classroom, I have shared my enthusiasm with young learners for over 40 years. Most...