Module 3
Mission to Mars

SEL Focus: Brain Science
STEM Focus: Space Exploration

SEL Objectives

Apply their knowledge of the human brain to make better choices by utilizing these social-emotional strategies:

  1. Brain Anatomy & Physiology to understand the roles and interactions between the amygdala and pre-frontal cortex in the human brain
  2. Inhale-Calm Down-Adapt-Now Try (ICAN) to reset after a setback
  3. Amygdala Calming Actions (ACA) & Amygdala Calming Thoughts (ACT) to overcome obstacles

STEM Objectives

Assist NASA in completing their maiden journey to Mars by applying these physics concepts and protective measures:

  1. Thrust & Gravity to get a rocket into orbit
  2. Air Resistance & Drag to ensure a space ship’s safe landing
  3. Hermetic Seals to allow astronauts to survive in extreme weather conditions
Module 3
M3 Scope & Sequence

Materials Needed

M3 Materials

8 Builders

20-30 pieces of Each Per Student for All 10 Lessons

  • Construction Paper
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Cut-Up Cereal Boxes or Thick Cardstock (5×7)
  • 3 oz. Dixie Cups
  • Bendy Straws
  • Twine
  • Paper Towel Rolls (Optional)

2 Tools

1 per 2-3 Students for All 10 Lessons

  • .94 in. Masking Tape
  • Scissors


1 Per Student

  • Wiffle Balls

Note: Used in Lesson 4. For testing stations, set up 4-5 bins (10-15 qt. each) and some beads or beans for each bin. If running the class online, every student will need their own bin and beads.

Ordering Materials

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  • The quantities on the Amazon list reflect what you will need for one classroom of 20-24 students. Please adjust quantities if ordering for more or fewer students.
  • Remember to ask classroom parents for donations of cereal boxes and paper towel rolls. All other materials can be ordered from the list above.

Best Practices

  • You do not need to give each student their own set of materials. Just lay out all the materials and let them select what they would like to use — the video will tell them how many they can use.
  • Spread materials throughout the classroom to avoid crowding.
  • In addition to cereal boxes and paper towel rolls, you can ask classroom parents for other recycled materials, like egg cartons, but we suggest you avoid the following:
    • Styrofoam — Classroom forecast: Snow showers!
    • Cardboard — You’ll spend all your time helping cut cardboard, rather than i-Can! coaching!
  • Request that classroom parents cut recycled cereal boxes in half, both lengthwise and crosswise.

Quick and Easy!

  1. Lay Out Our Standard Set of Materials:
    • Students use the same communal materials across all 10 lessons, so you never need to assemble individual material kits!
    • Simply lay out our standard set of materials before each lesson and replenish individual materials as needed.
  2. Set Up Testing Stations (If Needed):
    • A few lessons require additional set up, such as creating a square with blue tape to use as a target area.
    • We include all special instructions in the Set Up and Tips for each module.


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