Return to the Moon
(aligned to fourth grade SC Science Standards)
Return to the Moon standards alignment

For the first time since 1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon.  This time, they plan to stay.  Their mission is to establish a permanent base on the Moon to observe and explore, as well as test the feasibility of off-Earth settlements.  Navigating their way into lunar orbit, students must construct and launch a probe and then analyze a variety of data gathered from the lunar surface to select a site for establishing the permanent Moon base.

Rendezvous with a Comet
(aligned to eighth grade SC Science Standards)
Rendezvous with a Comet standards alignment

A team of scientists and engineers are on a daring mission to take an up-close look at comets and asteroids as they orbit our solar system.  Their goal is to plot an intercept course to rendezvous with a comet or asteroid and to launch a probe they’ve constructed to collect scientific data from the object.