Engineer a Telescope


In high school, students broach complex topics on space systems including the lifespan of the Sun and nuclear fusion in its core, the Big Bang theory, the lifecycle of a star, and more. To help students grasp these concepts, we developed this iBlock to encourage the practice of science and engineering concepts in the ways scientists and engineers would! In this iBlock, we challenge students to construct a 3D printed telescope to make their own space system observations.

Focus of the iBlock:

An iBlock provides a cross-curricular, holistic learning approach by structuring your learning content with a primary and secondary subject focus (see this in action below). But because iBlocks are also customizable and expandable, these foci can change to suit your school’s needs, should you choose to tailor your iBlock.

Grade Band: High school

An iBlock matches skills to standards (like Common Core or NGSS).

Here is a sample content standard for this iBlock:

Use mathematical or computational representations to predict themotion of orbiting objects in the solar system. (HS-ESS1-4)