Have you ever considered different sources of energy as a way to improve the world? During science we started looking into different energy resources. You can read our post all about what we learned here. We also completed this fun activity. It really showed us how amazing wind and solar are as a source of energy!
In our ELA class we read Amal Unbound and A Long Walk to Water. These books showed us there is a global issue connected to poverty and the environment where communities lack energy resources. This is where our research really got started!
We learned about how photovoltaic (PV) cells work, created a paper version, and even designed our own solar lanterns. We also learned about how solar ovens help provide clean water and benefit the environment through reducing wood burning fires. Both solar lanterns and solar ovens can help students in other countries gain access to energy that allows them to be able to read and study when the sun has set.
Watch this amazing video our 5th graders created to help others better understand the benefits of using solar power in villages that otherwise would go without.
We will be sharing this video at our Improve the World Summit on Friday, May 3 along with these amazing brochures!
Your Mission: As employees of ADF (Aerospace Design Firm), you have been tasked with the job of creating a lunar base that will serve as a temporary residence for humans. At least four humans will need to be able to live on this base for one year. Your team will need to research how to overcome some of the challenges of living on the moon. Your team will then design a prototype of your lunar base, being careful to use resources efficiently.
As a class, we brainstormed the possible challenges living on the Moon would present.
The Moon does not have an atmosphere, so we will need protection from extreme temperatures, meteorites, and radiation from the Sun.
The dusty surface could also cause problems with our equipment.
Where would we get food and water?
The moon does not have air, so how will we get air to survive?
The lack of gravity could also be a challenge living on the Moon.
We read the article, “We Could Be Living On The Moon In 10 Years Or Less” and our work began! We worked with partners to discover possibilities to overcome our challenges, and created a rough sketch with the needed materials. Finally, it was time to create a prototype of our design!
We presented our lunar base models to the rest of the class, and put them in this video to share with you!