Curriculum — ROADS companion course

NESSP’s companion course program offers a curriculum for educators to integrate concepts from our ROADS challenges into their lesson plans. Thes course is organized around the guiding question “How can we, here on Earth, use scientific exploration to understand other solar system objects and use engineering planning to ensure successful missions to these objects?” The curriculum supports Next Generation Science Standards and is aligned with NASA missions.

Through our curriculum program, we offer support for middle- and high-school educators in several ways:

  • Curriculum — Five units that educators can adapt to suit their needs
  • Supplies — Supplies relevant to the activities in the lesson plans are available for loan
  • Teaching assistant sessions — Zoom sessions with an undergraduate teaching assistant to provide virtual instruction with hands-on experimentation.

Courses

2020–2021 curriculum — ROADS on Asteroids

These lessons are being released free in a pilot format for the 2020–2021 school year. This course is organized around the guiding question "How can we, here on Earth, use scientific exploration to understand other solar system objects and use engineering planning to ensure successful missions to these objects?" The curriculum supports Next Generation Science Standards. Lessons are aligned with NASA missions.

Support

Supply loan

We are pleased to be able to loan supply kits that contain enough equipment to support one class following the companion course.

Undergraduate TA sessions

As part of our curriculum pilot program, NESSP is offering classroom support in the form of sessions with undergraduate teaching assistants. These sessions offer virtual instruction with hands-on experiments for any of the units from our ROADS on Asteroids companion course curriculum.