Mission Team Lessons


The Federation of Galaxy Explorers mission plans are a result of the volunteer efforts of dozens of volunteer aerospace engineers, astrophysicists, teachers, and artists. Each year of the Galaxy Explorers educational program contains missions in the following areas: Earth Science, Engineering, Rocketry, Space Citizenship, and Space Science. We regularly update and expanding these “Mission Plans” (lessons). Each ‘mission’ has about 20 – 30 minutes of discussion material followed by one or more activities. Many of the mission plans include slide presentations for students. “How to teach” videos are also available for several lessons and we are working to expand that to all our educational material. Most Mission Plans offer a choice of several activities to ensure kids have the same learning experience, regardless of location and the availability of materials. Our educational material meets Federal Standards of Learning and is certified by the Space Foundation.

We used as a basis for this work, the lesson plans and educational material developed by NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Education, and U.S. Geological Survey. The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers and the Boeing Company contributed lesson plans and educational material on astronomical observing techniques and the International Space Station. We are grateful to all of our volunteers and the above named organizations for their assistance.

Galaxy Explorers Third Class Lesson Plans (Grades 3, 4, 5) Galaxy Explorers Second Class Lesson Plans (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Lesson Plan Matrix Lesson Plan Matrix
Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8