Performance Task

Below is a sample Performance Task from the Defined STEM library called: "Mars Rover".

Defined STEM - Performance Task - Mars Rover

Performance Task : Mars Rover ( Grade 10 )

Students will examine and evaluate their prototypes or designs based on certain criteria and constraints. Groups may enlist students from other groups to review the solution and help identify changes that need to be made. Based on criteria and constraints, teams must identify any problems and proposed solutions. Additionally, the students should utilize the embedded simulation and create a navigational path that successfully navigates obstacles on the Martian landscape.

Understandings (Big Ideas)

  • Technological design is a creative process that anyone can do which may result in new inventions and innovations.

Essential Questions

  • How does collaboration impact the design process?
  • How do new innovations advance our knowledge?
  • 3 years on Mars! Curiosity rover's amazing journey in pictures.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Advanced NASA instrument gets close-up on Mars rocks.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Camera duo on Mars rover mast will shoot color views.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Curiosity rover snaps awesome selfies on Mars mountain trek.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Curious about Curiosity? Here's the latest from Mars.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Let's hope no Martians are watching. NASA Curiosity vapourizes part of the nearest rock with a laser.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 How technology assists in underwater searches.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    4th - 5th 4.51 - 7.73 740 - 1010
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
  • Mars landing went flawlessly, scientists say.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Mars Science Laboratory: Missions news.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
  • Mars soil offers clues to the past.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Martian soil reminds scientists of Hawaii.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.4

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • MH370 search Robot submarines needed to locate black box in the kilometres deep Indian Ocean abyss.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Next Mars rover sports a set of new wheels.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Objetif Mars: An antenna Spanish link the future robot "Curiosity" of NASA Earth.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Searchers get robot squad ready to hunt for Malaysian jet debris.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Sensor on Mars to measure radiation environment.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 13.3

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
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