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Terraform Mars Lesson 4: Space...technically speaking...
Edijoy Baynard
    2-3 days 45 minutes each day

Lesson created on 10/26/1999 12:10:29 PM EST.
Last modified 8/1/2000 12:56:26 PM EST.

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Abstract  (help)

Students have a reason to terraform Mars, ability to communicate,compared and contrasted the Mars and Earth ecologies and environments. As they begin to think about what needs to be terraformed on Mars. They must also think about what technology is necassary to complete the terraforming. Students will research current space technologies, and determine if they are sufficient. If they are not sufficient the students will propose additional space technologies to complete the terraforming changes. When a student is deciding what to change about planet Mars they must have technologies to complete the project.

National Standards  (help)

EARTH IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM The earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the moon, the sun, eight other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets. The sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system. ABILITIES OF TECHNOLOGICAL DESIGN Identify appropriate problems for technological design. Design a solution or product. Implement a proposed design. Evaluate completed technological designs or products. Communicate the process of technological design.

Pre-requisite Skills  (help)

The location of the index, table of contents, and glossary sections of books. Internet

Teacher Information  (help)

The following is good site on technology and terraforming. http://www-sn.jsc.nasa.gov/explore/DATA/RESOURCE/00TOC.htm Research article that is very technical but can be explained to students. http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~mfogg/zubrin.htm Mars Society Technology Pages www.marssociety.org/mars_search.asp?cat=Technology Molehole Idea Technology marsproject.com/mohole.html Space elevator marsproject.com/cable.html NASA Engineering and technology vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov/ex/ert/ Ideas to help students who are having difficulty: Artificial Greenhouse Pressure Suits Breathing Gear Orbital Mirrors Landng Gear Nuclear thermal rockets Ammonia Astroid capture Genetic Engineering

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Student Activity  (help)

Technology- R- Us You are a partner in an up and coming technology company, and are bidding on a technology job that would revolutionize the terraforming industry. Whoever successfully bids for the contract, and completes their promises will be seen as a hero to the entire Earth population. As you may recall an very large asteroid is coming and a suitable human environment must be constructed as soon as possible. A suitable environment will involve technology to complete the listed terraforming projects. Prcoedure: You and three others will formulate a hypothesis for each of the following terraforming problems focusing on the technology required to complete the terraforming. If the necessary technology does not currently exist design a technology explaining its structure and function. 1. Increasing the temperature of Mars. 2. Thicken the atmosphere of Mars. 3. Design an atmosphere conducive to microorganisms and primative plants. 4. Melt the polar ice caps. 5. Provide a breathable atmosphere for advance plants and animals. 6. Design a system to transport materials from space to Mars without relanding the space craft each time. 7. Design a space suit to function in lower gravity, pressure,temperature, and non-suitable breathing condions to be used until other projects are completed.

Technology Requirements/Integration  (help)


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