Online Explorations: Mission Mastermind

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Mission Mastermind Education Standards
Grade level: 5-8 — Target grade: 6
Learning Outcomes National Science Education Standards Common Core Standards for English Language Arts ITEA Technology Standards
Students will be able to describe and justify the sequence of events associated with the 2002 Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 3B.  

Grade 5 Reading: Informational Text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 — Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Grades 6-8 Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9 — Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Standard 2:
Students will develop an understanding of the core concepts of technology.
Grades 6-8 Benchmark U:
Maintenance is the process of inspecting and servicing a product or system on a regular basis in order for it to continue functioning properly, to extend its life, or to upgrade its capability.

Students will learn how technology has provided access to outer space and other remote locations.

Content Standard E:
Science and Technology.

As a result of activities in grades five through eight, all students should develop understandings about science and technology.

  • Science and technology are reciprocal. Science helps drive technology, as it addresses questions that demand more sophisticated instruments and provides principles for better instrumentation and technique. Technology is essential to science, because it provides instruments and techniques that enable observations of objects and phenomena that are otherwise unobservable due to factors such as quantity, distance, location, size, and speed. Technology also provides tools for investigations, inquiry, and analysis.

Additional information for using this Online Exploration

Students should:

  • Be able to read grade-level appropriate material.
  • Be able to interpret tables and charts.
  • Have basic note-taking skills.

Common misconceptions
Students may think that:

  • The Hubble Space Telescope is a manned satellite, with astronauts living and conducting research on it as it orbits the Earth.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope can only magnify visible space objects.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope can observe celestial bodies better than other observatories because it is closer to them, or because it travels to the celestial bodies.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope takes pictures of celestial objects, like taking snapshots with the family camera.

Teacher Pages Index
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| Goal/Purpose | Desired Learning Outcomes | Prerequisites | New Vocabulary | General Misconceptions | Preparation Time | Execution Time | Physical Layout of the Room | Materials | Procedure/Directions | Evaluation/Assessment | Follow-up Activities/Extensions | One-Computer Classrooms | Classrooms without Computers | Home Schooler |
Learning objectives matched with relevant education standards.
| Downloadable Documents | Other Resources Related to the Lesson | Other Resources Available at the Institute | Other Resources Available Outside the Institute |
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