Huntington, W.Va. (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
Desolation: STEM compels students to solve problems through a hands-on process involving design, development, evaluation, and improvement. Launched in early 2013, the series now comprises a total of four modules. Also available now is a bundle containing all four kits, as well as a kit refill bundle.
In Earthbound and Down™ Mass Driver, a lunar construction crew will be constructing a mass driver to launch Helium-3 shipments from the Moon to Earth. Students take on the role of a HAWC engineering team tasked with designing and testing a mass driver for this application.
In High and Dry™ Solar Water Heating, two survival tasks weigh heavily on the team: Re-establishing radio contact with Earth and mining ice from Shackleton crater to produce badly needed drinking water. While attempting to repair the lunar radio relay, Jake Plissken is gravely injured. Alice Torres is torn between helping Plissken and designing a water heater to ensure the group's survival.
About Desolation: STEM - In the year 2040 the world's energy crisis has been mitigated. Nuclear fusion reactors power the electrical grid. The source of a critical element for fusion, Helium-3, is the moon. Government oversight of Helium-3 mining operations is a hotly contested issue in the international community. With the world on the brink of war, all travel to and from the moon has been suspended indefinitely. Four lunar miners from the High Altitude Work Corporation (HAWC) are trapped at the south pole in a malfunctioning outpost with only their equipment, emergency rations, and problem-solving skills to survive desolation.
Students must design, build, and optimize the necessary tools for the stranded astronauts to survive! Each kit contains enough materials for 8 lab groups (up to 32 students), and is designed for grades 7-12.
About Crosscutting Concepts - Crosscutting Concepts develops, manufactures, and markets innovative hands-on science education products for high school and post-secondary education. Our passion is to show students the freedom that a strong understanding of science can provide. Crosscutting Concepts is also the creator of the Mystery of Lyle & Louise, a premier forensic science curriculum designed for high school and introductory undergraduate education. Learn more