Astro-Venture  NASA
 Educational Goals and Objectives

Astro-Venture Overall Goal
Astro-Venture Overall Objectives
Astro-Venture Structure
Interactive Module Objectives
Interactive Module Educational Standards
(Visit Module Lessons for the specific educational objectives and standards addressed by the lessons that accompany the Astro-Venture multimedia modules.)

 

Astro-Venture Overall Goal
Astro-Venture uses astrobiology content, the scientific inquiry process and critical thinking skills to increase awareness of NASA careers and to educate students in grades 5-8 on the requirements of a habitable planet.

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Astro-Venture Overall Objectives

  • Students in grades 5-8 will be able to identify and explain the vital characteristics of Earth which make it habitable to humans.
  • Students will be able to use the process of scientific inquiry to explain the processes scientists use to find planets that have characteristics necessary for human life.
  • Students will be able to build a planet that has all of the necessary features to support human survival.
  • Students will identify at least one NASA occupation that best fits their interests and skills and will identify and explain those that they like and dislike.

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Astro-Venture Structure
Astro-Venture is composed of online, interactive, multimedia modules and off-line classroom lessons. The story line and technology components provide the overall purpose and motivation for teaching the standards and concepts in the off-line lessons. The technology components also help to connect students' to real science and scientists at NASA

Astro-Venture is divided into five sections or "Research Areas."

  1. Astronomy
  2. Geology
  3. Atmospheric sciences
  4. Biology
  5. Design a Planet

The first four sections have the following components:

Training (The "Whats")
In each of these interactive, online, multimedia modules, students make changes to aspects of our solar system and make observations of the effects on Earth. They then draw conclusions about the conditions that are required for human habitation in that science content area. In these training modules, students learn what humans need in a planet and star system to survive.

Classroom Lessons (The "Whys")
Off-line, students engage in many classroom investigations in which they learn why humans need the requirements identified in the Training modules. These lessons have been developed to meet national education standards and build on each other to truly teach standards-based concepts such as: states of matter, systems, the geologic rock cycle, human health systems and atmospheric composition.

Missions (The "Hows")
After completing the training modules and lessons, students will engage in interactive, online, multimedia missions to simulate the methods scientists might use to search for a star system and planet that meet the qualifications identified in the training modules. In these modules, students learn how to go about finding a planet that would support human survival.

Design a Planet (Overall Assessment)
Once students have completed the first four sections, they will engage in the online, interactive, multimedia Design a Planet module in which they will design a simulated star system and planet that meets all human survival requirements in all four areas: astronomy, geology, atmospheric sciences and biology.

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Interactive Module Objectives

Module Objectives
Astronomy Training Module
  • Students will change different star types, planet sizes, Jupiter orbits and Earth orbits and will record their observations of the effects on Earth.
  • Students will identify a yellow star, a Jupiter-size planet in a circular orbit beyond 3AU and an Earth-size planet orbiting in the Habitable Zone as necessary for human life.
   
Astronomy Mission Module
  • Given the scientific question, materials and procedure, students will collect data and will record a prediction and conclusion of the scientific inquiry process as they simulate the process used by scientists to find a star system that meets the astronomical conditions required for human habitability.
   
Geology Training Module
  • Students will change different atmospheric compositions and will record their observations of the effects on life on Earth.
  • Students will identify nitrogen, ozone, carbon dioxide and oxygen as necessary atmospheric elements for human life on Earth.
   
Atmospheric Sciences Training Module
  • Students will change different atmospheric compositions and will record their observations of the effects on life on Earth.
  • Students will identify nitrogen, ozone, carbon dioxide and oxygen as necessary atmospheric elements for human life on Earth.
   
Biology Module
  • Students will change energy sources and composition and will record their observations of the effects on life on Earth.
  • Students will identify an energy source, plants, animals and nutrients as necessary biological elements for human life on Earth.
   
Final Mission Module
  • Given the a scientific question, materials and procedure, students will record a prediction, data, results and conclusion of the scientific inquiry process as they simulate the process used by scientists to send a probe to a planet, collect data and draw conclusions about the planet's ability to support human biological, geological and atmospheric requirements.
   
Build a Planet Module
  • Students will correctly choose the characteristics necessary for a planet to support human life.
  • Students will explain what makes their planet habitable to humans.

 

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Interactive Module Educational Standards

Astro-Venture evaluates its multimedia content based on the standards and benchmarks of the following educational organizations:

We distinguish between "meeting" benchmarks or standards, "partially meeting" them and "addressing" them to alert educators to concepts that are taught in a lesson or lessons compared to topics or ideas that we might touch upon but do not really teach. Educators may note that often several lessons are required to truly teach a concept.

The Astronomy Training multimedia module meets the following educational standards:

  • NSES, Grades K-12, Standard A1
  • ISTE, Standards 3 and 5

The Astronomy Training multimedia module addresses the following educational standards:

  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, Benchmark 4A #1
  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, Benchmark 4B #2
  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard D3

The Atmosphere Training multimedia module meets the following educational standards:

  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard A1
  • ISTE, Standards 3 and 5

The Atmosphere Training multimedia module partially meets the following educational standard:

  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard D1.8

The Atmosphere Training multimedia module addresses the following educational standard:

  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, 4B #2

The Geology Training multimedia module meets the following educational standards:

  • NSES, Grades K-12, Standard A1
  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard D1.1
  • ISTE, Standards 3 and 5

The Geology Training multimedia module partially meets the following educational standard:

  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, 4B #2
  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, 4C #1
  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard D1.2

The Geology Training multimedia module addresses the following educational standard:

  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard D1.4

The Biology Training multimedia module meets the following educational standards:

  • NSES, Grades K-12, Standard A1
  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard C4.2
  • ISTE, Standards 3 and 5

The Biology Training multimedia module partially meets the following educational standards:

  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, 5A #5
  • Project 2061, Grades 3-5, 5D #4
  • Project 2061, Grades 3-5, 5E #2
  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, 5A #1
  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard C4.3
  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard F2.1

The Biology Training multimedia module addresses the following educational standards:

  • Project 2061, Grades 3-5, 5C #1
  • Project 2061, Grades 3-5, 5D #5
  • Project 2061, Grades 3-5, 5E #1
  • Project 2061, Grades 6-8, 5E #3
  • NSES, Grades 5-8, Standard D1.11

 

The standards and benchmarks met, partially met, and addressed by Astro-Venture are listed below:

Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy

  • 4. The Physical Setting
    • A. The Universe
    • B. The Earth
    • C. Processes That Shape the Earth
  • 5. The Living Environment
    • A. Diversity of Life
    • C. Cells
    • D. Interdependence of Life
    • E. Flow of Matter and Energy

National Science Education Standards (NSES)

  • Grades K-12, Standard A: Science as Inquiry
    • 1. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Grades 5-8, Standard C: Life Science
    • 4. Populations and Ecosystems
  • Grades 5-8, Standard D: Earth and Space Science
    • 1. Structure of the Earth System
    • 3. Earth in the Solar System
  • Grades 5-8, Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
    • 2. Populations, Resources, and Environments

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards

  • 3. Technology Productivity Tools
  • 5. Technology Research Tools

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