Ms Iakovidou and Mr Arevalo took their S2 and S4 ICT students on a cosmic adventure as part of the Moon Camp project run by the European Space Agency and the Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk. The project used innovative learning technologies to challenge students to use a 3D modelling tool to design their own Moon settlement.
Teams first need to develop a number of interdisciplinary experiments to explore the extreme environment of space and understand how astronauts could live on the Moon. Then they designed their Moon Camp, which needed to be adapted to the Moon environment, use local resources, and provide protection and living and working facilities for the astronauts.
S2: Moon Camp Discovery
S2 ICT students participated in Moon Camp Discovery. For this project, students worked collaboratively in small groups to achieve their team’s mission to 3D design one component of a Moon Camp, using Tinkercad. Teams could choose to design the Lunar lander, Lunar Orbital Space Station, Lunar rover, Moon base or the Rocket.
S4: Moon Camp Explores
S4 ICT students participated in Moon Camp Explores. For this project, students worked collaboratively in small groups to achieve their team’s mission to 3D design the complete Moon Camp using Tinkercad and explain their project in a written report to the expert jury. The Moon Camp had to be able to sustain at least 2 astronauts and keep them safe from hazards and the vacuum of space. The project had to include the use of local resources (e.g. lunar soil, water ice), technological solutions (e.g. power source, recycling system, food growth chamber), protection from meteorites and radiation, and living and working facilities for the astronauts.