Artemis ROADS Companion Course
Welcome to the NESSP Student Challenge Companion Courses! The 2022 / 2023 version represents the third iteration of this Student Challenge Companion Course. This course is organized around the guiding question, “How can we use experiments, models, and rehearsals here on Earth to understand other solar system objects and plan a successful mission to the Moon?” and is tied to this year’s Student Challenge target mission for Artemis ROADS.
Alignment with NESSP’s Artemis ROADS Challenge
Most lessons from the Companion Course are aligned with the Mission Objectives (MO’s) from the Artemis ROADS Challenge.
Challenge participants are not required to complete these lessons but can use them to extend or supplement the associated Mission Objectives.
Educators who are not registered for the challenge are welcome to use these lessons. However, only registered educators are eligible for additional supplies, technical support, and interactions with NASA scientists and engineers.
Organization of Lessons
This course is organized around the guiding question, “How can we use experiments, models, and rehearsals here on Earth to understand other solar system objects and plan a successful mission to the Moon?“.
Courses have been developed for upper elementary school (Grades 3-5), middle school (Grades 6-8), and high school (Grades 9-12).
Each course is split into five units. The first four units include lessons on mission planning, geology, life sciences, and robotics and drones. The final unit challenges students to use their knowledge by completing a final mission!
Each lesson plan is organized around the “5E” instructional model. In the 5E approach:
- Students ENGAGE with their current thinking, new noticings, and questions about the phenomenon
- Students EXPLORE the phenomenon, getting direct experience with it
- Students EXPLAIN the phenomenon, focusing on new learning and changes in thinking
- Students ELABORATE on their new learning by applying it to a new situation
- Students EVALUATE their learning, formally or informally
More information about the 5E model can be found here: https://www.knowatom.com/blog/what-is-the-5e-instructional-model
Each lesson also includes standards alignment information for middle and high school Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Many lessons also include information on alignment opportunities for:
- CCSS Mathematics
- CCSS English
- Washington State Learning Standards in Computer Science
- 21st Century Skills
- Introduction to Artemis Grade Leveled Readings
- Recommended Books
- TEACHER TIPS Scaffolding Investigations
- Updates to the Companion Course for 2022/2023
- Tips for Pacing and Wayfinding the Artemis ROADS Companion Course
- Acronyms Cheat Sheet
- Learn about how to request a loan of classroom supplies
We encourage your to provide feedback! Please let us know what worked, what didn’t, or how you adapted a lesson for your students.