GALAXY EXPLORERS THIRD CLASS Mission Teams                SECOND CLASS Mission Teams            FIRST CLASS Mission Teams
EARTH SCIENCE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW Age 8 Age 9 Age 10 Age 11 Age 12 Age 13 Age 14 Age 15 Age 16
    Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11
PROGRAM MODULES/STRUCTURE   Program     Program     Program  
Content Module What is the Content ? An introduction to Earth Science. An introduction to Weather and Climate on our Planet Map Making, Geography                              Meteorology Rocks and Minerals Global Warming Oceanography Geospatial Information Systems Mentored Mission Team Study Project
Concept Module What will Mission Teams learn about? What is Earth Science? How does our World work? Why do we need to understand the forces on our Planet? What are the benefits of understanding for space? What are the different climates on our planet? What is the Water Cycle? How do clouds form? What causes the Seasons? Storms. Understand basic geography.  Learn about basic maps and how to use them.  Identify geographical features.  How do we forecast the weather? What are some of the more complicated tools we use? What is an anemometer? A rain gauge? What is meteorology? An understanding of how rocks and minerals are formed. What are the processes involved? What are the different types of rock formations?  How does the study of rocks help us to understand the Earth itself? What is Global Warming? What factors are involved? Is the Earth in danger? What is temperature inversion? How can we take care of the Earth? Exploring our oceans. How can we take care of our oceans and the variety of life within? Why study the oceans? What benefits for humanity? What are applications of Geospatial Information systems? Mentored Mission Team Study Project
Activity Module How will Mission Teams Take Action? Relevant and engaging Inquiry in the form of questions Design and build Climate chart, and water cycle . Satellite image collage Make a globe map to illustrate mapping Build a forecaster kit. Classification activities Hands-on identification activities Understand Global Warming with terrarium and jars research and presentation project. Generate GIS product/fly through with imagery systems Mentored Mission Team Study Project
Program Field Trips/Special Projects   NASA Globe Program   Field Activities Collecting and cataloging rocks and minerals   Career Study
Content Module What is the Content ? Basic Earth Forces Inner Earth The Environment Basic Geology Remote Sensing A basic understanding of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Imagery Analysis Imagery Satellite Mission Operations The Earth-Space connection Mentored Mission Team Study Project
Concept Module What will Mission Teams learn about? The composition of the Earth.  How those forces interact with each other over time and the resultant impact on the planet. How are we taking care of our environment? How are humans changing the Earth? How are we taking steps to prevent irreversible damage? The effects of pollution. Basic gelogical forces - volcanism, tectonism, graduation and cratering. How do these forces impact on the makeup of our world? A simple view of how the Earth has changed over time. What is Remote Sensing? How do we use it to sense and monitor the environment? More complicated use and understanding of satellite technology. What is this system and how does it work? How is this system used to improve lives?  How can this system be used to improve our awareness of our planet?  An introduction to Imaging. How do we use images from EarthKam (or space and aircraft) to give us detailed analysis of the Earth? Satellite Mission Operations in application.  Targeting, Tasking, Exploitation, Distribution How have meteor impacts changed life,  landscape, and environment of the Earth? What is the probability for the future impacts? How can a Mission Teams become involved in the different related fields, and continue on?
Activity Module How will Mission Teams Take Action?   Stewardship Activities Build a simple working volcano. Earthquake simulation activity. Design a remote sensing program for specific areas of the Earth. Navigation and GPS navigation exercise Use images to conduct first order imagery analysis NASA ISS EarthKam Program Calculate the impact and repercussions of meteorite impact. Active involvement/ possible field placement.
Program Field Trips/Special Projects     Field Activity Special Presentations & Speakers/Competitions  On line imagery product  EarthKam or similar Mission Ops project    
Each Mission Teams Level has Six Basic overall Program Modules (that include the content, concept, & activity mini-modules) which lead and feed into the Mission Modules.