Digital Exploration
25-30 min.

To Our Solar System and Back

  • STEM
  • Science (Physical)
  • Engineering
  • Technology


Using this Digital Exploration, students will act as planetary scientists who have been tasked with conducting a sample return mission. Students will be introduced to several celestial bodies that each offer a different type of sample for collection. Once students select a celestial body, they will investigate the future of reusable launch systems and the STEM behind both a successful launch and landing to obtain and return their sample. Finally, students will examine the diverse range of careers in the aerospace industry.

Student Will Learn

  • 21st Century Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Creativity

Content Areas

  • Rocketry
  • Forces and Motion
  • STEM
  • Solar System


  • Understand how space exploration has contributed to technological advancement
  • Discover the tools and methods astronomers use to study the solar system and wider universe
  • Learn about rocketry and the forces of flight (i.e. thrust, life, weight and drag)
  • Experience a model rocket launch to collect samples from a nearby celestial object and test how to safely land the rover back on Earth

Grade Levels


Suggested Time

  • 25-30 Minutes