How do we get to Mars?
Adapted from a lesson by BarbaraJean Kahawai'i from Laie Elementary
- To discover and investigate why Polynesian explorers voyaged to new lands
- To discover and investigate why modern people on Earth might want to voyage to a new planet
- To investigate how to use two variables (Force and Angle) to launch an item and hit a target
- To bring the science of trajectory (calculating force and angle) and the science of exploration together to the students
- To make the connection between the culture of exploration that the Polynesians embodied and the exploration that we are doing in modern times.
(Use dry erase board to list discussion items)
Discuss the differences between the planets Mars and Earth (review handout Lesson 1)
The entire class can participate in this part of the exercise to work as a team to get the chain reaction to include every catapult.
Review key points about how Polynesians used knowledge in the past and how modern explorers use knowledge of today to someday voyage to a far away planets.
"The student describes a variety of energy transformations (i.e.: heat energy into mechanical energy)"
Standard 6: Cultural Anthropology: SYSTEMS, DYNAMICS, AND INQUIRY: "Understand culture as a system of beliefs, knowledge, and practices shared by a group and understand how cultural
General Learner Outcomes: