Learn about the tools that astronauts and scientists use to navigate on the moon.
About the Activity
Your mission continues as you arrive at the moon! Join the lead astronaut, Commander Isabella Hernandez, as she shows you how to assemble and repair a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV). You’ll also get to take it for a spin to collect sand and rock samples on the moon’s surface!
This activity is part of our 4-H at Home Space Exploration Series. Be sure to complete Quest 1 first!
Grade Level: 3 - 8
Topic: Engineering, STEM
Estimated Time: 30 minutes
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Bonus questions to inspire wonder:
- Scientists will run experiments with rock and sand samples picked up by the LTV. What do you think they might learn?
- Engineers have worked for decades to build lunar vehicles as sophisticated and useful as the one you saw in this activity. Is there anything you would design that could make it even more functional?
- You learned that ice can be found on the south pole of the moon. What might that mean for the future of inhabitation?
Investigate and Explore
Take what you've learned to the next level to learn more and explore the possibilities.
Over time, the patterns of many constellations have been suggested to resemble animals, people, tools, and weapons. You can continue to expand your knowledge of constellations, and even identify them in your own backyard on a clear night. You might even enjoy using mobile apps to stargaze, find planets, and track the path of satellites or the International Space Station!
You don’t need to be an astronaut to have a career related to space. Many types of STEM jobs play a part in the planning, development, construction, and implementation of NASA’s space programs and missions. There are also a large and growing number of private sector jobs related to space.
For example, these engineers turned their passion for STEM into a career with HughesNet, which uses satellite technology to deliver internet service to millions of people around the world.
- Bettina, a robotic process automation specialist who automates high-volume, repetitive business processes.
- Riya, an engineer who monitors the performance of different business services for her company.
- Nick, a systems engineer who builds and automates solutions for internal operations teams.
And you can explore your own space-based inspirations by checking out our Galactic Quest STEM Challenge kit.
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