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Sensational Stellar Inventions!

The Macomb Intermediate School District in partnership with the MISTEM Network are launching Operation Lift-Off: MISD Mission Moon!

Calling all 4th grade aspiring astronauts, engineers and curious minds! Come join us on this learning adventure as we learn about the next phase of space exploration. NASA is going back to the moon and we are going to help.

With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface "to explore more and conduct more science than ever before" (NASA). You will be a part of the Artemis generation and learn about lunar base camps, rockets and space innovations. We need you to think up and draw your invention ideas. We believe in you, we believe you are a force for good and your ideas have the power to ignite innovation.

With Little Inventors and our community partners, we are infusing innovation by leveraging children’s innate curiosity, honoring their inventiveness and connecting them with industry professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Starting now, we are inspiring the next generation of space explorers with science, literacy invention and innovation at the heart of it all. Our students will build a better future and contribute their ideas to the global world. At the end of this project, a few inventions will be chosen to be brought to life and will be showcased in June 2022.

Resource Pack

This is the full pack you will need to deliver the Operation Lift Off: Mission Moon challenge. In the For Kids section you will find the Inventor's Log including all of the activities and drawing sheets. The For Teachers folder comprises of all 5 powerpoint presentations and teacher guidance on how to deliver the challenge to your students.

Introduction to Inventing powerpoint video

This video supports the MISD Mission Moon Resource Pack for the section - Introduction to Inventing. What is inventing? How can you get started? This video explains what inventing is and gives you all you need to deliver a workshop to get your students inspired and inventing.

Launch powerpoint video

This is a narrated version of the powerpoint in the resource pack and is associated with Part 2 - Launch.

Artemis powerpoint video

This is a narrated version of the powerpoint in the resource pack and is associated with Part 3 - Artemis.

Moon powerpoint video

This is a narrated version of the powerpoint in the resource pack and is associated with Part 4 - Moon.

Challenge powerpoint video

This is a narrated version of the powerpoint in the resource pack and is associated with Part 5 - Challenge.

Prototyping Astronaut Helmet

Cardboard artist Lottie Smith teaches you to make your very own astronaut helmet. Watch the film to follow along step-by-step with Lottie and download the written instructions to remind yourself of the techniques. Use this as a starting point to inspire invention ideas or to learn new prototyping skills to show other ideas.