ROADS on Icy Worlds Companion Course

The Icy Worlds Companion 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 Icy Worlds?”  

Summary and links for Units and Lesson: Index File for Course

How to Use These Lesson Plans

The curriculum was developed for the ROADS on Icy Worlds Challenge, which ran from October 2021 to April 2022. However, you can still teach the lessons without having students formally participate in the challenge. 

Learn more about the “Icy Worlds” Challenge here: 

Lesson Organization and Standards Alignment

Each lesson plan is organized around the “5E” instructional model

Each lesson also includes standards alignment information for the middle school 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 

Standards alignment information has been summarized in two formats. 

Providing Feedback

We welcome your feedback on this work!  Please let us know what worked, what didn’t work, or how you adapted a lesson for your students.  Submit feedback by June 1, 2022, so that we can be sure to include it in next year’s companion course. 

Units in this Curriculum:

Icy Worlds Unit 1: Mission Planning

How do we figure out where to go and what to do when planning a mission to another body in the solar system?

Icy Worlds Unit 2: Planetary Geology

What are the similarities and differences in how different planetary bodies are formed and change over time?

Icy Worlds Unit 3: Astrobiology

How can what we know about life on Earth guide us to other places in the solar system where life may exist now or may have existed in the past?

Icy Worlds Unit 4: Robotics and Drones

How can robotic systems aid in the exploration of our Earth and other solar system objects?