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PROJECT MARTIAN COLONY

posted Feb 16, 2018, 10:55 AM by James Falletti

Today we further discussed your Project Martian Colony assignment. Martian Colony is a project-based learning program where students in Middle School  imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future, but not here on our home planet Earth, but on Mars. Here are the facts about the project:

  • Project is tentatively DUE April 30, 2018

  • Students have been broken up into three (3) groups

  • One (1) student has been selected  as a project manager

    • Each Group Leader MUST create a digital folder to share with each person in his/her group, as-well-as with myself at jfalletti@corpuschristischool.net

  • One (1) Binder is needed: 1.5”

  • Students will research a specific section of Mars where they would want to build their colony. Remember that once a section has been selected by one of the 6 teams (7A and 7B) that area will be closed.

  • I will give you some Websites to use, but DO NOT USE WIKI

  • Groups must create:

    • A Logo

    • A Flag

    • A name for their colony

    • A Group Name

  • Research the following information, ideas, and questions:

    • Facts about Mars

    • History of Mars

    • Photos and Images

    • Terrain (Coastal, Mountains, Desert, etc…)

    • Climate

    • Natural Resources

    • Gravity

    • How many missions were made to the Mars from earth

    • How many humans made it to Mars

    • When is the next Martian Landing Projected for?

    • The effects of Temperature change on objects

    • Are there any rovers on Mars?

    • Can Mars sustain life

  • What is the challenge you will try to solve on Mars?

  • What Solutions have NASA and scientists tried?

    • What has been tried?

    • Success/Failure

    • Reasons

  • What will you try to do? Why?

  • Each group will create a persuasive trifold Brochure on why people should move to your Maritan Colony (more information will be provided)

  • Each group will create a presentation on Google Slide or a Video about their Martian Colony and how it has evolved with your ideas and innovations

  • Each group will present a graphic rendition of their Martian Colony

  • Each group will build a portion of their Martian Colony, so follow these instructions:

    • Your group has a cap of $100.00 for their project. Your team must keep a detailed list of everything spent on building this project. NO TEAM MAY EXCEED $100.00.

    • Teams should look for recycled materials to keep the cost down.

    • Each group MUST build their Martian Colony on a piece of Plywood. Talk to each team to split the difference.

    • Communicate with each other and each team

    • Their needs to be at least two (2) moving features

      • Electric

      • Mechanical

      • Hydraulics

      • Other

    • Include Energy Sources

      • Wind

      • Solar

      • Water

      • Nuclear

      • Renewable or Non-Renewable Resources

      • Other

    • Teams may use the following materials and objects to make their projects meet the creativity or ART aspect of STEAM by using:

      • Lights

      • Model Material (trees, bushes, animals, people, etc…)

      • Paint

      • Wiring

      • Cars

      • Other

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