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Let’s Launch

Discover planetary science through Maya’s space mission series.

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Grade Level 5-8

Earth and Space Science

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Let's launch into space!

Join Maya and her friend B.U.D as they learn about planetary science: Mars, the Sun, near-Earth objects, the Moon, and the solar system.

While Let’s Launch! primarily focuses on Earth and space science themes, it also integrates physical science topics.

Each course includes an 8-10-minute animated video accompanied by three lesson plans and activities.

Lessons with an asterisk * use common household items.

Maya’s Mission to the Red Planet

Maya Explores the Sun and Stars

Maya Investigates Near Earth Objects (NEOs)

Maya’s Journey to the Moon

  • Approximate program time: 45-65 minutes

  • Pre- and post-lesson activities available

  • Closed captioning available

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned

  • Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned

  • Internet connection required

  • Device with audio/video capability required

In Partnership

The Let’s Launch! series is based upon work supported by NASA under agreement #NNX16AD70A. Any opinions, findings, conclusions and/or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of Challenger Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA.