Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


This project was to develop a six-week long 5th grade hands-on curriculum unit. It brought aerospace back into the curriculum using a lunar base theme. This project was sponsored by the AIAA New England. The initiative was hosted by Elm Park Elementary school in Worcester, MA, in the classroom of a science-oriented teacher. There, we tested ideas that would become 7 science-concept review "stations" at an AIAA NE outreach event (at WPI), for 375 fifth graders from 7 schools, called "Fifth Grade MCAS Review - on the Moon". This event evolved out of a request for a field trip. Part of the project was to do a cost-benefit analysis of bringing in a guest speaker, going on a field trip, or creating your own event. The Worcester Public Schools liked our event the best, and want it repeated.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies