iLEAD AV: DreamUp to Space Experiment Design Challenge
On October 6, 2022, learners, facilitators, staff, and families from iLEAD Antelope Valley Studio gathered to celebrate the learning that had taken place on their campus over the previous weeks. Learners from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade participated in the DreamUp to Space Experiment Design Challenge. Their mission was to learn the fundamentals of space exploration, including the international space station, microgravity, scientific experimentation, and proposal writing. They used this knowledge to answer an exciting question: “If you could send an experiment to the International Space Station, what experiment would you design?”Read Story Here
This project challenges young people to understand and explore the impact that microgravity has on matter by asking this question:
“What is the effect of microgravity on living and nonliving things?”
Through a partnership with DreamUp, learners are empowered to develop the skills to design, develop, and propose an experiment that could be run on the International Space Station.
Understanding and content knowledge include the following:
- The International Space Station mission as a space laboratory, including the worldwide collaboration and its relative location to the Earth and in our solar system.
- Why astronauts float and the impact of microgravity on living a nonliving matter without the force of gravity experienced on Earth.
- How scientists think and work, including the scientific method/process and the importance of setting up and conducting an experiment that will result in reliable data.
- Proposal writing and the ability to communicate effectively.