One of the main focuses of the Mars 2020 project is to return samples from Mars to Earth. By bringing specimens back, it can reveal if there is or was additional life in the universe. The goal of the internship is to utilize top-down educational and instructional objectives, approaches and the details of manufacturing a component of the capture system. Throughout the project, we have been following a system architecture methodology to think in a top-down fashion. The purpose of this method is to create new innovative ideas for our particular components of the project. As manufacturing is tasked, research and asking questions were skills that were developed. Inline with the top-down approaches to manufacturing the structure, writing a top-down curriculum for high school is explored. Following the top-down methodology, each step in that process is turned into a lesson plan. Using the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, writing the objectives will follow cognitive processes as well as knowledge basis. As students move their thought processes to create and metacognition, they contain deeper learning and higher performances. In conclusion, teaching and learning this methodology can improve students abilities throughout their life.


Paulo Younse

Lab site

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Funding Acknowledgement

The 2018 STEM Teacher and Researcher Program and this project have been made possible through support from Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org), the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Program under Grant #1836335 and 1340110, the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and California Polytechnic State University in partnership with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.



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