Space Settlement Design Lesson Plan
Lesson created by: Bryan Yager
This web based lesson plan allows students to work individually or in teams in designing
an Orbital Space Settlement. When completed the design and written work will be presented to the class and submitted to the NASA-Ames sponsored contest.
- What is a Space Settlement?
- What are some challenges in designing a Space Settlement?
- What is needed for humans to live on a Space Settlement?
Anywhere from 2-5 weeks, based on five 45 minute class sections.
- A computer/monitor overhead projection system for group instruction.
- Computers with internet access. (one computer per team)
- White boards and dry erase pens for brainstorming designs.
- Poster Boards/colored pens and pencils
- 3-D modeling program for CAD work. Solid works, Trispectives, Thinkdesign or ProD.
Here are some student CAD renderings.
- Wood, plastic, or styrafoam shapes and tooth picks for design models
Use an overhead projection system for group instruction to visit the following sites: Be sure to bookmark these sites for the students.
- Orbital Space Settlement Site site at: http://lifesci3.arc.nasa.gov/spacesettlement/. This site will provide
necessary information for the students to get started.
- Space Colony Art from the 1970's at: http://lifesci3.arc.nasa.gov/spacesettlement/70sArt/art.html. This will provide students with a series of artistic renderings that will assist them.
- Space Settlement FAQ at: http://members.aol.com/oscarcombs/spacsetl.htm. This site will answer many questions
on space settlements.
- NASA Ames/Stanford 1975 Summer Study at: http://lifesci3.arc.nasa.gov/spacesettlement/75SummerStudy/Table_of_Contents1.html
- Needs Menu at: http://lifesci3.arc.nasa.gov/spacesettlement/designer/needs.html. This provides information on what is needed to live in a space settlement.
- Space colony designer's corner for students at http://lifesci3.arc.nasa.gov/spacesettlement/designer/. This site will
enable the students to compare design considerations and provide relevant statistics on the design of their choice.
- Divide students into teams of up to 5. They will be assigned different responsibilites by their elected project manager. A team member may be responsible for a poster, research,
CAD rendering, writing or editing. Have each team brainstorm design ideas using white boards and dry erase pens. They will also determine the name of the settlement and a logo (optional).
- Each team will decide on the 7-10 topics that will be covered in their written report.
- See Suggested Areas for relevant topics that might be covered at http://lifesci3.arc.nasa.gov/spacesettlement/designer/contest.html.
- Once the teams have begun their research, have the project manager report to the instructor each day on progress or any difficulties encountered.
- If necessary assist the project manager in delegating responsibilities so each student is responsible for an equitable amount of research and written work. Consult the Space Colony Jigsaw for a guidleine at http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/EDTEC596/Units/Space/colonylesn.596.
- Each team will have the opportunity to build a model of their design using styrafoam, dowels, wood, plastic or any other material available. In addition each team will submit a poster of their design. They may want to offer views of the interior or a cutaway view of a particular module of the settlement. This can take some time so be prepared. Examples of
7th and 8th grade student models may be found at: Student Space
- Have the students view the Cygo Space Engineering. This is a good example of a total design with a models.
When complete, each team will have a written report, CAD rendering, and a model to present to the class. If time permits have the students present their work to the class using the overhead projection system.
You may also use a Quiz as an evaluation tool to check for understanding.
Background for Teachers
space settlement home page
Author: Bryan Yager