Curriculum — ROADS companion course

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NESSP’s companion course program offers a curriculum for educators to integrate concepts from our ROADS challenges into their lesson plans.

Current information

Upcoming events

November 5–6, 2021 — Virtual workshop
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Announcements

  • Announcing summer professional development for teachers July 9, 2021 - For summer 2021, NESSP is pleased to offer several professional development sessions for teachers — including a long-awaited return to an in-person workshop format for one of the sessions! As with our PD sessions last year, our summer 2021 sessions will take place over two days.

Detailed program information

Courses are 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?” Curricula support 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.

Click on any of the courses below for full information.

Courses

2021–2022 curriculum — ROADS on Icy Worlds

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.

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.