Tuesday, November 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Mission To Mars – An Interdisciplinary Unit Using the Engineering Design Process and PBL

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The specific examples and materials that will be presented were created for 10th grade students in a high school STEM program, but could easily be adapted for other age groups.  The STEM EC/HS program at Marlborough High School includes two cohorts of students, one in 9th grade and one in 10th grade.  These students complete semester long projects using the Engineering Design Process and Project-based learning.  We will be presenting the 10th grade, second semester project, Mission to Mars. Students are placed in groups of four and take on the roles of CEO, Chief Engineer, Director of Business Development and Director of Community Development. They form space exploration companies, including names and logos to complete the project. Their challenge is to design four prototypes. Companies create marketing materials and a trade show booth for our STEM Expo. Industry professionals from the Marlborough area come to the June Expo and act as NASA representatives to choose the top company to support NASA’s mission to Mars.

Participants in this workshop will be able to facilitate this project-based unit, using the EDP in a high school classroom. They will receive materials for planning, organizing, pacing and grading a project-based unit. They will be able to explain the steps of the Engineering Design Process with an example of an actual prototype and describe the contributions from history, ELA, math, science and engineering to this process. They will also get to design one component of the project to model the student experience.


Megan Fenneuff

Math Teacher, Marlborough High School


Paul Duplessis

Engineering Teacher, Marlborough High School

Stephanie Gill

Biology Teacher, Marlborough High School

Lindsay Shomphe

English Teacher, Marlborough High School

Tuesday November 14, 2017 10:55am - 11:45am
Meeting Room E