By Josh Ence, Engineering Education Technology Specialist
In the summer of 1969, NASA launched the Apollo 11 space mission from Kennedy Space Center. Four days after launch, Neil Armstrong (Mission Commander) and Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot) were the first two men to walk on the moon.
As a former physics and engineering teacher, I know that incorporating current events and hands-on activities into the classroom is an excellent way to engage students. This anniversary gives educators an opportunity to incorporate past, present, and future events into timely activities.
Celebrate the Apollo Landing with Vernier
We encourage you to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with these hands-on STEM activities. Each activity simulates a task, obstacle, or concept that NASA faced to successfully land on the moon—such as coding a lunar lander or designing a shock absorber system.
Five Fun Activities and Resources
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Going to the moon was an incredible undertaking and represents one type of problem engineers often tackle. Utilize this milestone anniversary as an opportunity for your students to practice their coding and engineering skills.