CubeSat Mission Brief Teaching Aids

Research human impacts on Earth and design your own CubeSat in this two-part lesson plan!
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Satellites come in all shapes and sizes, but among the smallest are cube-shaped satellites (CubeSats). These satellites are small, lightweight, and relatively low cost. In this lesson, middle school students will learn how data from above can help mitigate human impacts here on Earth.

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Students will receive a mission brief from Aerospace employees highlighting the challenges that growing human population causes on our planet and explaining the need to investigate these impacts further. In this two-part lesson plan, students will research human impacts on the planet and design a CubeSat to monitor a specific example. Throughout the project, key skills including critical thinking, communication, and collaboration will be used to understand the true value of space.

The lesson plan includes opportunities for volunteers from The Aerospace Corporation to share their experiences in the field of aerospace while making intentional connections to student learning, including an editable slideshow template and specific notes within the lesson plan to support student success.

1.    CubeSat Mission Brief Lesson 1 

2.    CubeSat Mission Brief Lesson 1 Handout

3.    CubeSat Mission Brief Lesson 2

4.    CubeSat Mission Brief Lesson 2 Handout

5.    Student Proposal Slide Template (Powerpoint)

6.    Aerospace Visit Slide Template (Powerpoint)


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