Resources to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings

Resources from NASA, Airbus and the Wellcome Trust to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo moon landings - suitable for KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.

Stephanie Burke

Apollo Moon Landings Anniversary Teaching Resources

On 20 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to step foot on the surface of the moon, after a four-day journey in the spacecraft Apollo 11. The 50th anniversary of this incredible milestone in human achievement has generated films, documentaries, events and exhibits around the world; as the end of the school year approaches, what better time to tap into this fascination with space travel and go on your own journey of discovery with your students? To help you, we have picked a selection of engaging resources from the experts at NASA, Airbus Space Discovery, the Royal Institute and the Wellcome Trust, among others.  

Resources from NASA

Where better to start exploring space in the classroom than with resources from NASA? Have a look at the resources we have gathered here on the moon landings and the possibilities for living and working on the moon in the future; find more NASA resources here.

Exploring the Moon Educator Guide
NASAeducation

Exploring the Moon Educator Guide

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The activities in this guide promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Earth and space science subjects include lunar geology and regolith, distance to the moon, Apollo landing sites and life support systems.
Designing a Mission to Live and Work on the Moon
NASAeducation

Designing a Mission to Live and Work on the Moon

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The Lunar Nautics Teacher Guide has 40 activities. Students assume roles of workers at Lunar Nautics Space Systems, Inc., a fictional aerospace company specializing in mission management, lunar habitat and exploration design, and scientific research. This guide features lessons that address the basi...
Field Trip to the Moon: LRO/LCROSS Edition
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Field Trip to the Moon: LRO/LCROSS Edition

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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions will prepare for humans&' return to the moon. The Field Trip to the Moon: LRO/LCROSS Edition includes the activities from the original Field Trip to the Moon guide plus activities relating to thes...
Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design
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Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design

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The Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge Educator Guide is a starting point for middle school students to research and answer the challenging questions of how to maintain human habitations on the moon and other planets in the solar system. The guide focuses specifically on the ...
Touchdown
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Touchdown

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Design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two 'astronauts' when they land. In this challenge, students follow the engineering design process to do the following: 1. Design and build a shock-absorbing system out of paper, straws and mini-marshmallows. 2. Attach their shock abso...

Airbus Foundation Discovery Space

If you're looking for a space-related project that will challenge your students and develop their maths skills, have a look at these resources that help students to explore some of the maths involved in rocket engineering, with plenty of hands-on experimentation! Explore more Airbus resources.

Airbus Discovery Space Activity 1: Rocket Designs
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Airbus Discovery Space Activity 1: Rocket Designs

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This activity has been designed to span several lessons and provides an introduction to rocket design that will be important in later activities. It incorporates many different maths skills (see below). The activities have been designed to be completed by students individually, or in pairs. The acti...
Airbus Discovery Space Activity 2: Build a Rocket!
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Airbus Discovery Space Activity 2: Build a Rocket!

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This activity has been designed to span several lessons, and is where students put what they have learned in Activity 1 into practice by actually designing and building their own water rockets. It incorporates many different maths skills (see below), as well as non-maths specific skills like teamwo...
Airbus Discovery Space Activity 3: Test your rocket
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Airbus Discovery Space Activity 3: Test your rocket

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In this activity students test the rockets that they have designed and constructed in Activity 2. Data is recorded which will be used in this activity to make comparisons with the rest of the class, and in the next activity to determine the perfect rocket. For each rocket flight, two variables can b...
Airbus Discovery Space Activity 4: The Perfect Rocket
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Airbus Discovery Space Activity 4: The Perfect Rocket

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In this activity, students will make use of the data they collected in Activity 3, both in terms of data on their own rocket flight, and data from the rest of the class. Students will be able to use scatter diagrams to identify any relationships between weight, length and cost of a rocket, the time ...

More resources to explore!

We have some selected some great resources about space exploration here from our teachers as well as from the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Institution - including resources suitable for primary children.

Big Picture: Space Biology Issue
WellcomeTrust

Big Picture: Space Biology Issue

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Big Picture s first 21 issues have been firmly grounded on planet Earth. Now we d like to look at an even bigger picture the universe. Space biology looks at life in space from several perspectives: how it began, where it might be, and the effects of space as a rather extreme habitat. C...
Farming in space
WellcomeTrust

Farming in space

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This information sheet explores the problems faced when trying to grow plants in space. Could be used as an extension sheet for students investigating plant growth, applying their knowledge to a different context or using it as the starting point of a project on applications of science. Fo...
Rocket fuel: The chemistry of powering a rocket
theRoyalInstitution

Rocket fuel: The chemistry of powering a rocket

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Chemistry lessons for 11-14 and 14-16 year-olds on combustion, carbon chains, or chemical formulae with short (10-30 minutes), medium (30-60 minutes), or long (60+ minutes) activities investigating the properties of RP-1 rocket fuel. They are based on video clips of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES from the R...
Year 2 Living in Space Comprehension - Science
Blossoming Minds

Year 2 Living in Space Comprehension - Science

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This resource is a non-fiction comprehension activity for year 2. The theme of the comprehension is **'living in space'** and the booklet covers what it is like for astronauts living in space stations, including what they eat, how they sleep, how they exercise and what they do in their spare time. I...
Space
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Space

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Let's learn about **Space**! This worksheet includes 24 pages with a large variety of activities and exercises about Space. The materials have informative exercises about many different kinds of topics such as the big bang, black holes, the solar system, the Sun and many other things! Crosswords, ...
Apollo 11
theautisticteacher

Apollo 11

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This is a Powerpoint presentation of the Apollo 11 mission that gives the key dates, names, places, and so on, and is a good starting point if you are doing a topic on space or anything space related. I've also attached some differentiated Publisher worksheets to accompany/augment. Hope you like t...