Colonizing the Solar System Project
Thomas A. Blake Middle School Physical Science/Technology Instructor - Stripes Cluster - Grade 8
http://medfield.net
 
Greetings Interplanetary Explorers!





Due to rapid population expansion, the continuing deterioration of our natural environment, the freezing of the Earth's core, and impending strikes from comets and asteroids, scientists of every field are in agreement: the time has come for humans to seek another home. Don't be scared. It's not really that bad yet. Just go along with this, o.k.?



THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Given the diversity of environments found on the planets and moons of our solar system, and our current technological capabilities, could some of these planets or moons be suitable homes away from Earth for humans?



YOUR MISSION:

You have been charged with the tasks of exploring a planet or moon of our solar system, considering its suitability as a potential site for a human space colony, and designing a space colony that can support human life on that planet/moon.



You will undertake this mission as a part of a team of three space exploration and colonization experts. But first, you must become experts, collaborating with your teammates in completing research and planning steps that are vital to the success of your mission.



THE MISSION PLANNING STEPS ARE:



STEP A: Earth Environment and Human Life Support Research
STEP B: Moon/Planetary Exploration and Suitability for Human Life Research and Assessment
STEP C: Colony Research and Planning
STEP D: Space Travel Research and Planning
STEP E: Presentation of Findings and Recommendations


A description of each task follows:

A. The Earth Environment and Human Life Support Research Step's primary focus is on gaining an understanding of the “Essentials for Life” that humans must have in order to survive, and how the Earth's natural environment provides them.

B. Moon/Planetary Exploration and Suitability for Human Life Research and Assessment Step's primary focus is on analyzing the properties and characteristics of your group’s moon or planet, and evaluating which of the “Essentials for Life” that humans must have to survive are present and provided (or might possibly be provided) by the moon or planet's natural environment.

C. The Colony Research and Planning Step's primary focus is on researching the current technologies available for life support in space, and evaluating whether or not these technologies are sufficient to provide the “Essentials for Life” that humans must have to survive on your group’s planet or moon, given the planet/moon's natural environment. If these technologies do not yet exist, you must research technologies that are currently being researched or developed and which would be needed to make your colony capable of supporting human life. If no such technologies are being developed, formulate your own technological solutions (no magic, please!)

D. The Space Travel Planning Step's primary focus is on researching the current technologies available for human space travel, and evaluating whether or not these technologies are sufficient to provide the “Essentials for Life” that humans must have to survive a multi-year trip from the Earth to your group’s planet or moon. If these technologies do not yet exist, you must research technologies that are currently being researched or developed and which would be needed to enable your crew to survive their trip through space to your colony.

E. In completing Step E you, as a team, will combine your accumulated knowledge, research, and innovative ideas, and show how your assigned moon or planet could ultimately become the human race's home away from Earth. You will be responsible for presenting your findings and recommendations to your classmates, as well as high-level NASA officials, via your team's Google Site and its posting - directions are among the links below.



The continued survival of the human species may very well depend on your success in completing this mission, so work diligently, thoroughly, and collaboratively.




MISSION TASKS AND SEQUENCE


2017: Use the PROJECT ASSIGNMENT CHECKLIST to keep up to date and on task. Download it by clicking HERE (checklist for 9 class day project)


For a pacing guide for the final class days of the project, CLICK HERE


STEP A- Human Life Support Needs - "The Essentials For Life":

Task A-1: Click HERE to download this notesheet to learn about "The Essentials for Life" - what humans need to survive.


STEP B: Researching your Planet / Moon

Task B-1: Download your Data sheet by clicking HERE. You will fill in this sheet during Task B-2.


Task B-2: Use the links on this document to research your moon/planet and complete the Task B-1 Data Sheet. Download by clicking HERE


Task B-3: Take this QUIA QUIZ to test your knowledge of "The Essentials for Life" and your success in filling in the EARTH information on your DATA SHEET. This is open notes - use each of those documents to help you on this quiz - CLICK HERE to access it.


TASK B-4: COMPLETE THE QUIA QUIZ BELOW FOR YOUR GROUP'S PLANET/MOON. Be sure to use your data sheet as notes. You can retake as many times as you like. You must achieve a score of 85% before proceeding to the next task.

Europa Quiz - CLICK HERE
Mars Quiz - CLICK HERE
The Moon Quiz - CLICK HERE
Titan Quiz - CLICK HERE



STEP C: Researching Planet Colonization / Space Habitats

Task C-1: Click HERE to download the Evaluation Sheet. Complete this to identify which "Essentials For Life" are already provided by your planet/moon, and to identify which essentials will need to be provided by technologies in order to make your planet / moon capable of supporting a human colony.


Task C-2: Conduct Research into Technologies Space Colonies and Survival in Space, to determine if we can provide our space colonists with everything that they'll need to survive on your Planet/Moon. Use the Evaluation sheet you completed in C-1 to help you to determine which technologies you need to research. Download the links sheet by clicking HERE


Task C-3: Download the guided notes page for the article on The Challenges of Space Colonization. Fill this in as you read article #1 from task C-2. Download the notes page by CLICKING HERE


Task C-4: Download the guided notes page for the article on Space Habitats. Fill this in as you read article #2 from task C-2. Download the notes page by CLICKING HERE


Task C-5: Download the guided notes page for the article on Terraforming. Fill this in as you read article #3 from task C-2. Download the notes page by CLICKING HERE


Task C-6: Complete the Quiz on space colonization, space habitats, and terraforming. USE YOUR GUIDED NOTES FOR EACH ARTICLE! You can retake as many times as necessary - you cannot move to the next step until you achieve a score of 85%. CLICK HERE to access it.



STEP D - Researching Space Travel:

Task D-1: Conduct Research into Space Travel and Survival in Space, to determine if we can provide astronauts with everything that they'll need to survive their journey to your Planet/Moon. Download the links sheet by clicking HERE



Task D-2: Download the guided notes page for the article on Methods of Space Travel. Fill this in as you read article #4 from task D-1. Download the notes page by CLICKING HERE


Task D-3: Download the Space Travel Design Page HERE



STEP E: PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Task E-1: Click HERE to download the Video Requirements Document


Task E-2: Click HERE to download the Google Slides Presentation Requirements Document


Task E-3: Click HERE to download the Colony Design Requirements Document


How to Download the Google Sites Project Site Template, and Create and Share your Site - CLICK HERE for directions


How to post Videos and Google Slides, and Notability / EE files to your Project Google Site - CLICK HERE to download directions


CLICK HERE to download the Project Self-Assessment Rubric - Use this to judge your project's readiness for final posting to your Google Site







I just want to say good luck - we're all counting on you.


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