Student Module
20 minutes

To Our Solar System and Back

  • Engineering
  • Physical Science
  • STEM
  • Technology


In this digital interactive module, students will act as planetary scientists who have been tasked with conducting a sample return mission. Students will be introduced to several celestial bodies that each offer a different type of sample for collection. Once students select a celestial body, they will investigate the future of reusable launch systems and the STEM behind both a successful launch and landing to obtain and return their sample. Finally, students will examine the diverse range of careers in the aerospace industry.

Critical Thinking


  • Understand how space exploration has contributed to technological advancement 
  • Discover the tools and methods astronomers use to study the solar system and wider universe 
  • Learn about rocketry and the forces of flight (i.e. thrust, life, weight and drag) 
  • Experience a model rocket launch to collect samples from a nearby celestial object and test how to safely land the rover back on Earth 

Suggested Time

20 minutes