NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #1

Exploring space: video conference

Duration: 50 minutes

Take one small step, then a giant leap as we investigate the exploration of our Solar System. In teams, learners will work in a coding unplugged game with Scratch as they look at how robots learn to explore hostile worlds such as Mars.

Following the group work, different Stages blast off to investigate:

The causes of Day and Night (Stage 1),
The Earth’s relationship with the Sun (Stage 2), or
The Earth’s place in our Solar System (Stage 3).

To end, we look at the future of space exploration and the roles young learners may play in the future. To the stars…


Session30 Maximum$110
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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your video conference is available on the Video Conferences - How to Connect page

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Syllabus links:

Science and Technology K–6

Stage 1

Earth and Space

    • ST1-10ES-S recognises observable changes occurring in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources 
    • ST1-1WS-S observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas 

Stage 2

Earth and Space

    • ST2-10ES-S investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface  
    • ST2-1WS-S  questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

Stage 3

Earth and Space

    • ST3-10ES-S explains regular events in the solar system and geological events on the Earth’s surface 
    • ST3-1WS-S plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions
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Learning Resources

Each class will need up to 6 copies of the ‘Coding unplugged’ activity sheet for a teamwork challenge.

Please select the appropriate resource for the learners based on their Stage:

    • Science learning resource Stage 1.
      These Day Night challenge game cards will be used by learners during the video conference. Teacher instructions are included.
    • Science learning resource Stage 2.
      This activity sheet is designed to help learners delve into the reason for the season by charting the length of a shadow at lunch time over a period of several weeks. Teacher instructions are included.
    • Science learning resource Stage 3.
      Using the International Astronomical Union rules for classifying a planet, learners will look at several objects and decide if they are a planet or not? Teacher instructions are included.


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