CE-MIST Student Programs at the RPSEC


Solar System Rescue

Student Programs Lesson Information, Standards Correlations, and Post Visit Activities

Solar System Rescue: Travel through space on a cooperative rescue effort while studying astronomy, geology, chemistry, and more. Students use reference material, analyze data, and develop hypotheses to locate a lost Starfleet probe and plan a rescue strategy.

Traveling Science Kits that support or extend this lesson
Pre & Post Visit Activities

This lesson supports the following standards:


8-4.1 Summarize the characteristics and movements of objects in the solar system (including planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteors).
8-4.4 Explain the motions of Earth and the Moon and the effects of these motions as they orbit the Sun (including day, year, phases of the Moon, eclipses, and tides).
8-4.5 Explain how the tilt of Earth’s axis affects the length of the day and the amount of heating on Earth’s surface, thus causing the seasons of the year.

Language Arts

8-2.1 Compare/contrast central ideas within and across informational texts.
8-2.2 Compare/contrast information within and across texts to draw conclusions and make inferences.
8-2.6 Analyze information from graphic features (for example, charts and graphs) in informational texts.
8-6.7 Use a variety of print and electronic reference materials.

Please direct inquiries to:
Student Programs
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
USCA, 471 University Parkway, Box 3, Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 641-3313 from Augusta 278-1967 Ext. 3313


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Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/student/CE-MISTSP/Solar.html (January 2009)