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Lesson 5: Reflect

Activities Timing Student grouping Description
Minds-On: Meet one of the engineers on this challenge! 10 - 15 minutes Individual or small group Students are introduced to the work of robotics engineers. They meet the engineers behind the Lunar Rover Research Challenge project.
Action: Careers in the space sector 20 - 25 minutes Large group Students learn about the skills required for a career in the space sector, by reading a career profile.
Consolidation: Project conclusion and reflection 10-15 minutes Individual Students reflect on their individual contributions to the mission plan, their collaborative work as a team, and the skills they used in the project.

Students will:

  • Explore space-related careers, paying particular attention to the skills required
  • Reflect on their own contributions and collaborative work during the project

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Explore space-related careers, paying particular attention to the skills required
  • Reflect on their own contributions and collaborative work during the project

Students can:

  • Actively participate in discussions and ask questions about space careers
  • Make connections between the skills used by people in the space industry and the skills they used in this project
  • Describe the success and challenges they encountered while creating their mission plan, and their experiences with collaborative work, in their self-reflection

Success Criteria

Students can:

  • Actively participate in discussions and ask questions about space careers
  • Make connections between the skills used by people in the space industry and the skills they used in this project
  • Describe the success and challenges they encountered while creating their mission plan, and their experiences with collaborative work, in their self-reflection
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This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Observations

  • Observe how students participate in class discussions about career skills (Minds-on).

Products

  • Space Careers worksheet could be used to assess understanding of learning skills or Science, Technology, Society and Environment (Action).
  • Self-reflection could be used as an assessment of teamwork, collaboration and other learning skills (Consolidation).

Evidence of Student Learning

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This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Observations

  • Observe how students participate in class discussions about career skills (Minds-on).

Products

  • Space Careers worksheet could be used to assess understanding of learning skills or Science, Technology, Society and Environment (Action).
  • Self-reflection could be used as an assessment of teamwork, collaboration and other learning skills (Consolidation).

Students will:

  • Explore space-related careers, paying particular attention to the skills required
  • Reflect on their own contributions and collaborative work during the project

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Explore space-related careers, paying particular attention to the skills required
  • Reflect on their own contributions and collaborative work during the project

Students can:

  • Actively participate in discussions and ask questions about space careers
  • Make connections between the skills used by people in the space industry and the skills they used in this project
  • Describe the success and challenges they encountered while creating their mission plan, and their experiences with collaborative work, in their self-reflection

Success Criteria

Students can:

  • Actively participate in discussions and ask questions about space careers
  • Make connections between the skills used by people in the space industry and the skills they used in this project
  • Describe the success and challenges they encountered while creating their mission plan, and their experiences with collaborative work, in their self-reflection
Assessment opporunties icon

This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Observations

  • Observe how students participate in class discussions about career skills (Minds-on).

Products

  • Space Careers worksheet could be used to assess understanding of learning skills or Science, Technology, Society and Environment (Action).
  • Self-reflection could be used as an assessment of teamwork, collaboration and other learning skills (Consolidation).

Evidence of Student Learning

Assessment opporunties icon

This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Observations

  • Observe how students participate in class discussions about career skills (Minds-on).

Products

  • Space Careers worksheet could be used to assess understanding of learning skills or Science, Technology, Society and Environment (Action).
  • Self-reflection could be used as an assessment of teamwork, collaboration and other learning skills (Consolidation).
Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, pens)
  • Device with a keyboard and internet access, if working online
  • Space Careers reproducible [Google Doc] [Word doc] [PDF]
  • Self-reflection Form reproducible [Google Form] [Google Doc] [PDF]
1 per student
For teacher use

 

Materials

Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, pens)
  • Device with a keyboard and internet access, if working online
  • Space Careers reproducible [Google Doc] [Word doc] [PDF]
  • Self-reflection Form reproducible [Google Form] [Google Doc] [PDF]
1 per student
For teacher use

 

  • Share the space careers and self-reflection reproducible with students.
  • If you do not have access to devices, consider printing off some of the career profiles and taping them up around the room - look for the Print button above “Related Topics”.

Preparation

  • Share the space careers and self-reflection reproducible with students.
  • If you do not have access to devices, consider printing off some of the career profiles and taping them up around the room - look for the Print button above “Related Topics”.
  • Familiarity with searching text for information
  • Some familiarity with thinking critically about their learning

Student Prior Knowledge and Skills

  • Familiarity with searching text for information
  • Some familiarity with thinking critically about their learning
Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, pens)
  • Device with a keyboard and internet access, if working online
  • Space Careers reproducible [Google Doc] [Word doc] [PDF]
  • Self-reflection Form reproducible [Google Form] [Google Doc] [PDF]
1 per student
For teacher use

 

Materials

Material/Technology/Setting Quantity
  • Recording tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, pens)
  • Device with a keyboard and internet access, if working online
  • Space Careers reproducible [Google Doc] [Word doc] [PDF]
  • Self-reflection Form reproducible [Google Form] [Google Doc] [PDF]
1 per student
For teacher use

 

  • Share the space careers and self-reflection reproducible with students.
  • If you do not have access to devices, consider printing off some of the career profiles and taping them up around the room - look for the Print button above “Related Topics”.

Preparation

  • Share the space careers and self-reflection reproducible with students.
  • If you do not have access to devices, consider printing off some of the career profiles and taping them up around the room - look for the Print button above “Related Topics”.
  • Familiarity with searching text for information
  • Some familiarity with thinking critically about their learning

Student Prior Knowledge and Skills

  • Familiarity with searching text for information
  • Some familiarity with thinking critically about their learning

Minds-On: Meet one of the engineers on this challenge! (10 -15 mins.)

Instructions Teaching Tips:

As a class, watch one of the career videos featuring a Canadensys Aerospace employee. Either that of Evaline Warmels or Benjamin Pauquet.

Introduce students to Peter Visscher, one of the robotics engineers behind this project:.

Individually or in small groups, have students read Peter’s career profile. Discuss as a class, using the following prompts:

  • What surprised you about Peter’s career profile?
  • What is Peter’s job?
  • Was Peter always an engineer? What did he do before?
  • What are some skills that Peter might need in his career?
  • Do you have any questions about Peter’s work?
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Language

Turn on subtitles so that students can follow along with the video.

Consider pairing up students for the reading portion of this activity, if they need more support.

Students can use the read aloud feature of  Read&Write for Google Chrome™ when interacting with the career profile.

Action : Careers in the Space Sector (20 - 25 mins.)

Instructions Teaching Tips:

Share the Careers in the Space Sector page with students.

Have students read two or three career profiles from this page. Ask them to identify some of the skills and competencies people use in their jobs. Students can take notes in the Space Careers reproducible [Google Doc] [Word doc] [PDF].

Optional: When students are finished, have a class discussion about the careers they researched.

  • “Were there any careers that stood out?”
  • “What level of education do people need for their jobs?”
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Idea

Display the list of skills from Space Careers reproducible, on the board.

Orient students to the structure of the career profiles to help them find information. The “What I do at work” section has specific examples of what each person does.

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Language

Print each career profile and have students use the Marking Text learning strategy if they need more support.

Consolidation: Project Conclusion and Reflection (10 -15 mins.)

Instructions Teaching Tips
Assessment opporunties icon

After examining a few careers in the space sector, encourage students to think about their own skills and contributions to this project.

Share the Self-Reflection Form [Google Form] [Google Doc] [PDF] with students. Ask students to respond individually to all questions, as honestly as possible. Remind them to reflect on their experiences over the entire project, not just the time spent designing their mission.

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Technology

If you are using the Google Form format of the Self-Reflection, remind students to use their school email and click submit when they are done.

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Language

You may want to adjust the skills in Question 5 to use language your students are familiar with.

Critical thinking: Looking carefully at different pieces of information in order to make a decision.

Creative thinking: Thinking of new ideas and turning those ideas into solutions.

Design thinking: Using critical and creative thinking to assess a solution, improve it, and make changes to reach a better solution.

 

Reproducibles

Reproducibles and Media

Reproducibles

Extensions

Space careers: A universe of options (2016)
This resource from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that space is not just for scientists and engineers. Explore a wide variety of space-related careers, from meteorological technicians to technical writers and photographers. There really is something for everyone.

Space Careers (2018)
A Canadian Space Agency resource about the types of careers in the space industry. A collection of five different types of careers in the space sector, with descriptions about what people do, career pathways, and different specialities.

Canadian Space Agency Employee and Partner Career Profiles (2022)
Get inspired by a database of career profiles of people who work for and with the Canadian Space Agency. These include cartographer, operations engineer, robotics technical lead and so much more.

Anastasiia Prysyazhnyuk at Let's Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Anatasiia, who is a Science and Innovation Lead at the Health Beyond Initiative. Her team works to identify healthcare needs for future space missions. They also explore the technologies that will be needed to support them.

Nadeem Ghafoor at Let’s Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Nadeem, who works for Avalon Space. Nadeem has a background in planetary science and spacecraft engineering. Nadeem talks about why we are returning to the Moon, and why space is for everyone.

Learn More

Space careers: A universe of options (2016)
This resource from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that space is not just for scientists and engineers. Explore a wide variety of space-related careers, from meteorological technicians to technical writers and photographers. There really is something for everyone.

Space Careers (2018)
A Canadian Space Agency resource about the types of careers in the space industry. A collection of five different types of careers in the space sector, with descriptions about what people do, career pathways, and different specialities.

Canadian Space Agency Employee and Partner Career Profiles (2022)
Get inspired by a database of career profiles of people who work for and with the Canadian Space Agency. These include cartographer, operations engineer, robotics technical lead and so much more.

Anastasiia Prysyazhnyuk at Let's Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Anatasiia, who is a Science and Innovation Lead at the Health Beyond Initiative. Her team works to identify healthcare needs for future space missions. They also explore the technologies that will be needed to support them.

Nadeem Ghafoor at Let’s Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Nadeem, who works for Avalon Space. Nadeem has a background in planetary science and spacecraft engineering. Nadeem talks about why we are returning to the Moon, and why space is for everyone.

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). (2018). Global Competencies.

References

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). (2018). Global Competencies.

Reproducibles

Reproducibles and Media

Reproducibles

Extensions

Space careers: A universe of options (2016)
This resource from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that space is not just for scientists and engineers. Explore a wide variety of space-related careers, from meteorological technicians to technical writers and photographers. There really is something for everyone.

Space Careers (2018)
A Canadian Space Agency resource about the types of careers in the space industry. A collection of five different types of careers in the space sector, with descriptions about what people do, career pathways, and different specialities.

Canadian Space Agency Employee and Partner Career Profiles (2022)
Get inspired by a database of career profiles of people who work for and with the Canadian Space Agency. These include cartographer, operations engineer, robotics technical lead and so much more.

Anastasiia Prysyazhnyuk at Let's Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Anatasiia, who is a Science and Innovation Lead at the Health Beyond Initiative. Her team works to identify healthcare needs for future space missions. They also explore the technologies that will be needed to support them.

Nadeem Ghafoor at Let’s Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Nadeem, who works for Avalon Space. Nadeem has a background in planetary science and spacecraft engineering. Nadeem talks about why we are returning to the Moon, and why space is for everyone.

Learn More

Space careers: A universe of options (2016)
This resource from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that space is not just for scientists and engineers. Explore a wide variety of space-related careers, from meteorological technicians to technical writers and photographers. There really is something for everyone.

Space Careers (2018)
A Canadian Space Agency resource about the types of careers in the space industry. A collection of five different types of careers in the space sector, with descriptions about what people do, career pathways, and different specialities.

Canadian Space Agency Employee and Partner Career Profiles (2022)
Get inspired by a database of career profiles of people who work for and with the Canadian Space Agency. These include cartographer, operations engineer, robotics technical lead and so much more.

Anastasiia Prysyazhnyuk at Let's Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Anatasiia, who is a Science and Innovation Lead at the Health Beyond Initiative. Her team works to identify healthcare needs for future space missions. They also explore the technologies that will be needed to support them.

Nadeem Ghafoor at Let’s Talk Lunar (2021)
This video from Let’s Talk Science features Nadeem, who works for Avalon Space. Nadeem has a background in planetary science and spacecraft engineering. Nadeem talks about why we are returning to the Moon, and why space is for everyone.

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). (2018). Global Competencies.

References

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). (2018). Global Competencies.