Mount Heads Into Space

Mount Heads Into Space

The complexity of the solar system became a little clearer for W.S. Mount Elementary School fifth-graders as they journeyed more than 70 years into the future and helped to save a theoretical space mission firsthand.

During the live e-mission “Moon, Mars and Beyond,” the students made connections to their classroom math, language arts and science lessons as they helped NASA locate and rescue a lost spaceship that was orbiting one of the outer planets.

During the simulation, the students worked in planet teams to analyze and compute answers to a variety of mathematical questions. By examining different variables and making predictions, including how much food, oxygen and water would be needed for the mission, they were able to successfully accomplish the rescue. In addition to tying into the school’s math and science curricula, the activity allowed them to practice their reading skills, think critically and logically, and learn how to communicate effectively with teammates.