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Middle School Mission to Mars
Middle School science classes are embarking on an amazing journey. A journey to another world. A mission to Mars.
The journey will require extensive planning, experimentation, adjustments along the way, and teamwork among classmates to design and build rockets capable of leaving Earth’s gravity, traveling to and landing safely on Mars, and bringing the resources needed to sustain human life on the alien world.
The Mission to Mars in the brainchild of innovative middle school science teacher Joy Paul, and is derived from a STEM conference she attended last year in Minneapolis. Joy has adapted, revised and added to the curriculum presented at the conference for her students at DVFS. Joy is known for her creative STEAM-based projects, which have included constructing and racing solar cars and the design and build of wind turbines. Joy says that this kind of hands-on project-based learning is important because, "it allows students the opportunity to demonstrate what they learn and know through discussion, collaboration, and activity. STEAM projects call on other skill sets that are essential in today’s workplace, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and working as a team, that don’t get a lot of practice in a traditional classroom. This approach helps all students, but in particular students who have learning differences because it teaches them a whole new skill set ..." Read more-->Click here to see the interactive graphic, pictures of the activities, and follow the progress of their mission.
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