November 5–6, 2021 — Virtual workshop 🗓

This workshop will be offered virtually via Zoom, but will be hands-on! Supplies will be mailed to participants in advance. Clock hours may be available.

Date & time

Please remember that the workshop is on Pacific Daylight Time! The NESSP staff will be broadcasting live from Washington state.

  • Friday, November 5, 2021 — 4–7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 — 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with a 1-hour lunch break)

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Pre-work — for Friday

Arrive prepared and ready to go on Friday afternoon! Clock hours will be awarded for your pre-work time.

  • Assemble the robot[*] (We recommend Driving Base 1 — building instructions at this LEGO site.)
  • Check robot battery level
  • Have your computer ready (pre-loaded with LEGO education software)
  • Charge the drone
  • Review the Mission Development Log (MDL) — You’ll be creating your own MDL through the workshop, so have your copy (analog or digital!) at hand when we meet on Friday!
  • Read “Why icy worlds?” Be prepared to share around these prompts:
    • What questions do you have?
    • What questions do you think your students might have after reading this?

[*] a note about “the robot”

NESSP has provided different robots over the years, so some of you may have a LEGO Mindstorms EV3, some of you may have a Makeblock robot, and some of you will have the LEGO Spike we’re providing this year.  You can use any robot that works for you!  It’s not the specific robot that’s important — it’s the process of getting connected to your robot and getting it moving that’s the focus of this activity.  The examples that we provide and the problems we’ll be working on will be demonstrated on the LEGO Spike, but we will have examples of each of these robots on hand to at least get everyone get up and running.

Home-fun — for Saturday

  • Choose ONE of these lessons to read over before tomorrow.  Come to class prepared to share:
    • Skim through the entire lesson file – what do you notice about how it is organized?
    • What is something you would want to point out to a teacher who didn’t read this lesson?  
    • What questions do you have about this lesson?  
    • What modifications might you make so that this lesson is better for you and your students?
  • Lesson Options
    • Unit 1 Lesson 5: Mapping Other Worlds
    • Unit 2 Lesson 2: Planetary Dynamics (Geology/Earth Science)
    • Unit 3 Lesson 1: Planetary System Interactions (Earth Science/Life Science)

Top teams

A space craft flies across a star field toward the asteroid Vesta, surrounded by a circle with the words Rover Observation and Drone Survey (ROADS) on Asteroids.

NESSP is pleased to announce the top teams in the ROADS on Asteroids challenge!

Top teams

Top Team — DART
The Team Who Must Not Be Named, from Socorro, New Mexico

Top Team — Dawn
RS Space Hawks – 1, from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Top Team — Dawn
Infinity Spartans, from Pharr, Texas

Top Team — Hyabusa
WSSB Explorers, from Vancouver, Washington

Top Team — OSIRIS Rex
ShurikL, from Staten Island, New York

Best MDL

  • RAAC 360, a Dawn team from San Jose, California
  • Molalla High School Robotics Club, a DART team from Molalla, Oregon
  • RS Space Hawks – 2, a DART team from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Best mission video

  • Martian PALs, a Dawn team from EGG HBR TWP, New Jersey
  • The Lunar Ladies, a DART team from Oregon City, Oregon
  • Sunray Bobcats X-plorers, a Dawn team from Sunray, Texas

“Best of” mission objectives

Best of Mission Objective #2

  • Thundering Bison Two, a DART team from Great Falls, Montana
  • Team Hyperion, a DART team from Boqueron, Puerto Rico

Best of Mission Objective #3

  • RS Space Hawks – 0, an OSIRIS Rex team from San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Skyline ROADS Team, a DART team from Sammamish, Washington

Best of Mission Objective #4

  • JHS Astronomy, a DART team from Mill Creek, Washington
  • UHS ROADians, a DART team from Vancouver, Washington

Best of Mission Objective #5

  • Androids, a DART team from Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Best of Mission Objective #6

  • SciRules, a DART team from Keizer, Oregon

Best of Mission Objective #7

  • Trajectory is Nominal, a DART team from Issaquah, Washington

Best of Mission Objective #8

  • Millburn, a DART team from Millburn, New Jersey

Best of Mission Objective #9

  • AL Group, a DART team from Eugene, Oregon

Winglee Award

A Bitmoji shows NESSP founding director, Dr. Robert Winglee, in rocketship.The Winglee Award recognizes teams who embody the spirit of NESSP’s founding director, Dr. Robert Winglee. We are proud to honor the following teams for their effort, their determination, and, above all, their enthusiasm.

  • JMS Drobotics, a Dawn team from Jerome, Idaho
  • Buckeyes Team 1, a Dawn team from Gilmer, Texas
  • Buckeye Team 2, a Dawn team from Gilmer, Texas
  • Buckeye Team 3, a Dawn team from Gilmer, Texas
  • Buckeyes Team 4, a Dawn team from Gilmer, Texas
  • Rockin’ robot Rookies, a Dawn team from Bellingham, Washington

Curriculum files

The ROADS on Icy Worlds companion course curriculum is available on Google Drive. The link below will take you to what we call the Index File, which is the roadmap to guide you to all other sections of the course.

Curriculum Index File @ Google Drive
https://www.nwessp.org/programs/curriculum/icyworlds/google

We are working to make the course files available in other formats (web, PDF).

Register your class / request support

Phone Home icon -- A white triangle with a black border, showing the words "Phone Home" above a scene of an astronaut, standing under a quarter moon, contemplating using the phone booth in front of them.

We’re so excited to that you’re using the ROADS on Asteroids Companion Course Curriculum! Please take a few minutes to register your class — not only does this help us report to NASA on the impact and importance of NESSP’s programs, but it also helps us offer you more support during the academic year.

Once you’ve registered your class we’ll be in touch from time to time to see how things are going.

Support

Supply loan

Each supply kit contains enough equipment to support one class following the companion course and includes one each of the following. Brands and styles may vary depending on what we have on hand. We cannot accommodate requests for a specific type of supply.

  • Drone
  • Microscope (Foldscopes)
  • Robot (LEGO)
  • Hydrometer
  • Sampling kit

Undergraduate TA sessions

As part of our curriculum pilot program, NESSP is offering classroom support in the form of sessions with undergraduate teaching assistants. These sessions offer virtual instruction with hands-on experiments for any of the units from our ROADS on Asteroids companion course curriculum.

The TAs are undergraduates in STEM majors at the University of Washington. If you need supplies, they will be mailed in advance so that your students are prepared for the hands-on components.

Dates and times

NESSP and the University of Washington are based in Seattle, which is on Pacific Time. Please keep in mind the time difference between where we are and where you are!

Also note that the University of Washington is on the quarter system. The UW’s autumn quarter does not start until the end of September. We have a winter quarter that runs from early January to early March. The spring quarter starts in late March and runs until early June. We only schedule TA sessions for one quarter at a time — the date selection in our request form (below) is updated each quarter accordingly.

Video conference

If you are requesting a TA session for a group within the same school district — one class, all classes in a grade, an after-school club, et cetera — you will be responsible for providing the video conferencing.

If you are requesting a TA session for a group with students from a variety of school districts — a Scout group, a community organization, et cetera — we may be able to provide the video conferencing.

Class registration & support request

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How are you using our curriculum?

Please let us know what aspects of the ROADS on Asteroids curriculum you're using.

Feedback — ROADS on Icy Worlds companion course

If you’ve used the ROADS on Icy Worlds companion course, we would love to hear your feedback! It will help us improve our curriculum for future NESSP student challenges.

For urgent, “fatal” flaws in the course

If you have found a “fatal flaw” in a lesson (such as a broken link to a necessary lesson component), please email us ASAP: nwessp@uw.edu

General feedback to help us improve future courses

2021–2022 curriculum — ROADS on Icy Worlds

This course is organized around the guiding question “How can we, here on Earth, use scientific exploration to understand other solar system objects and use engineering planning to ensure successful missions to these objects?” The curriculum supports Next Generation Science Standards. Lessons are aligned with NASA missions.

Curriculum files

The ROADS on Icy Worlds companion course curriculum is available on Google Drive.

Register your class / request support

Are you using our curriculum? Please let us know! Registering your class with NESSP helps us offer you more support during the academic year.

Feedback — ROADS on Icy Worlds companion course

If you've used the ROADS on Icy Worlds companion course, we would love to hear your feedback! It will help us improve our curriculum for future NESSP student challenges. Our feedback form is really simple and takes just a few minutes to fill out.

Autumn 2021 Mini-Missions 🗓

For autumn 2021, NESSP will be offering several mini-missions for use in your classroom, after-school club, or community group. Details will be posted, and registration will open, by Labor Day.

ROADS on Asteroids (2020-2021)

A space craft flies across a star field toward the asteroid Vesta, surrounded by a circle with the words Rover Observation and Drone Survey (ROADS) on Asteroids.

Top teams

NESSP is pleased to announce the top teams who achieved in the ROADS on Asteroids challenge.

About ROADS on Asteroids

The ROADS on Asteroids challenge gives teams of students grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to the asteroids. Teams will plan and simulate a mission to the “snowman” feature on the asteroid Vesta (see below). The mission will include an impactor from height onto the surface, drone landing and takeoff, and robotic navigation across potentially hazardous surfaces to look for the building blocks for life.

Registration 🗓

Team registration for the ROADS on Asteroids challenge opens on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Submissions

The ROADS on Asteroids “final event” will be held virtually in April 2021. Teams will have several pieces of documentation that must be submitted via NESSP’s website in order to be eligible for scoring and prizes. Checkpoint challenge submissions are optional, but teams who make submissions are eligible for prizes.

Schedule

Registration opens on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Final submissions will be due in April 2021.