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Hands-on Activity: My Moon Colony
Contributed by: Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder


Students are introduced to the futuristic concept of the moon as a place people can inhabit. They brainstorm what people would need to live on the moon and then design a fantastic Moon colony and decide how to power it. Student use the engineering design process, which includes researching various types of energy sources and evaluating which would be best for their moon colonies.

Engineering Connection

Engineering design

Can we ever live on the moon? Well, to make such a project possible, engineers of all disciplines must work together to imagine, design, create and test advanced technologies to enable us to inhabit the moon. Today's engineers are moving a step in the right direction: they are already designing renewable energy sources that can be used in space.


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Grade Level: 8 (7-9) Group Size: 3
Time Required: 60 minutes
Activity Dependency :None
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