NASA’s Moon to Mars: Using the Engineering Design Process
to Build Satellites
Use each stage of the Engineering Design Process to
complete a challenge of building and drop testing a satellite while making
connections to NASA missions.
Takeaways: 1. We can use the engineering design process in our everyday life to solve problems and make improvements; 2. NASA Engineers must ask a question, imagine a solution, plan a design, create that model, experiment and test that model, then take time to improve the original—all steps that are crucial to mission success from Moon to Mars and beyond!; and 3. While this activity will focus on teaching the engineering design process using the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing, and evaluating, the "boring part" of ask, imagine, plan will be focused on to emphasize deeper learning as a thought process prior to simply "building stuff."
Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)
Presenter Materials for this Session:
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BEST Activity Guide (Grades 6-8)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 6-8) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 3-5)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 3-5) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
BEST Activity Guide (Grades K-2)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades K-2) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
Suggested Group Roles for use with BEST activities
Revised BEST EDP Model
Newly revised BEST Engineering Design Process Model. Specifically designed with educators in mind to ensure a start and end point with the specific goal of sharing results.
BEST Legacy EPD Model
This is the original BEST Engineering Design Process Model. Shows a cyclical patter with no real start or end point.
JPL EDP Model
This is the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Engineering Design Process Model. This has a defined beginning and a cyclical ending.
NASAs Moon to Mars Using the Engineering Design Process to Build Satellites.ppt
Presentation powerpoint used within the session. Notes section of the slides contains links and additional information.