Welcome to the Giant Moon Map™ community of learners. This secure portal will provide you with everything you need to know to become a successful map user – from getting started to conducting lessons to letting us see you in action to sharing your feedback.
The Giant Moon Map activities meet the highest of education standards They are designed to be interdisciplinary and to require communication and collaboration skills. As a result, there are many strategies to effectively use it.
SETTING UP YOUR MOON MAP TOOLS
Our augmented reality partner, AstroReality, provides a Lunar Pro Globe in the package. Click here to learn how it works, as well as Instructions to download the AstroReality app.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MAP
The maps are made of a vinyl material that is remarkably durable. However, we suggest the following guidelines in caring for a Giant Moon or Mars Map to increase its longevity:
- Map is intended for use indoors
- Before laying the map on the floor, sweep and check the floor for any foreign debris, particularly pebbles or other potentially sharp objects that may poke holes in the map
- Keep the map stored while not in use
- Remove shoes before walking on the map
- Wipe down map and let dry fully before storing
- Fold and roll up map for storage
Many schools have purchased Tupperware-style containers to store the map. We typically travel with the map packed in a regular-sized suitcase. The suitcase and map weigh in at about 45 pounds.
While we suggest removing shoes before walking on the map, due to the logistics at conferences we typically allow people to walk on the map with their shoes and the maps we have used at the NSTA conventions show literally no wear.
Activities listed below include ideas for use of the map in classrooms, at home, in informal learning environments and at afterschool programs. The activities range from overarching, large projects to relatively simple lessons. They are not intended to be a complete curriculum, nor do they have to be completed in sequence.
- Let’s Plan to Make History: Students will work together in teams to create a program concerning the first steps taken and words spoken on Mars. The class product will be a video, edited to show the first steps on Mars, a follow-up press conference with the crew, interviews with Flight Director and Deputy Flight Director, and interviews with each of the teams that created the lander, Mars set, EVA suits, and video.
- Failure is an (essential) Option: Much had to be learned to meet President Kennedy’s goal of landing a person on the Moon and returning safely to the Earth. Many missions failed to meet their goals, some with tragic results and some merely with loss of equipment. No matter the outcome, each mission contributed to eventual success and meeting the President’s goal.
- We Came in Peace for All Mankind: This project is conceived as a team project where groups of students work together to research, report, design, construct, and explain a visitor complex for people visiting the Apollo lunar landing sites.
- Mission Cratering: Students will learn about the formation of the moon, crater formation, lack of atmosphere/erosion on the moon compared to Earth, create their own craters, and identify cratering on The Giant Moon MapTM. This set of lessons is designed for North Carolina Essential Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Mission Apollo: Students will explore the different Apollo Missions that landed on the moon, what occurred during the missions, and what advancements were made. This set of lessons is designed for North Carolina Essential Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Mission Aerospace Professional: Students will develop an understanding of the role of an Aerospace Engineer and explore other engineering careers applicable to space travel and/or colonization. This set of lessons is designed for North Carolina Essential Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Mission Moon Geology: Students will explore the geology of the moon, lowlands, highlands, sides of the moon, the elevational changes utilizing the map key, and distance between the moon and Earth. This set of lessons is designed for North Carolina Essential Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Mission Space Timeline: Students will discover the different missions into space, what scientific discovery occurred during the missions, and which nations oversaw those missions by exploring the timeline on The Giant Moon MapTM. This set of lessons is designed for North Carolina Essential Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- How Big? How Far? Mathematics will be applied as a tool by students to explore how the Mollweide projection Moon map relates to the Lunar Pro Globe, the scale of the map to a model Earth, and the resulting scale distances.
- Let the Games Begin: Students will consider how gravity affects games played on Earth, how lunar gravity might impact an Earth game played on the Moon, and design a new game for lunar inhabitants.
- To Boldly Go: Students will create a story of living on the Moon.
GATHERING DATA TO IMPROVE
Help us continually improve the Giant Moon Map program by sharing information with us. There are four areas where we want to collect feedback:
STEAM Pre/Post Test – For use online by each student before and after using the map. We’re striving to quantify how students think about STEAM topics, working as a team, and space exploration.
Giant Moon Map Curriculum Activities Report – For use by teachers to give feedback on number of students who used the map, how you measured the effectiveness of using the map, and your conclusions.
Giant Moon Map Teacher-created Activities Report – Intended to collect data related to the kinds of activities that have been created locally using the map as a resource.
Giant Moon Map Event Report – How the map is being used to support events beyond the classroom.
Let us help.
Logistic, technical, or educational question? Just need a little moral support? Please contact our team. We’re happy to help!
Show us how you map!
We encourage you to participate in discussions on how you’ve been using the map, how your students are interacting with it, new lessons you’ve created or found, questions or issues you’ve come across, etc. Please include videos and pictures, when possible.