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One-Way Trip to Mars in Our Lifetime: Go or Not?
An inquiry by students in 8th grade Science & 10th grade English
I Human nature and the drive to explore
Curiosity Stream: Destination Mars Part 1: The Mission.
Wanderers movie introduction.
Why We Explore essay by NASA Chief Historian
II Valuable gas, water, and mineral resources on Mars
Curiosity Stream: Destination Mars Part 4: Surviving on Mars
The case for colonizing Mars (read this document!)
III The opportunity for scientific & technological discovery
Curiosity Stream: Destination Mars Part 5: Why One Way?
Four NASA Mars Exploration Program goals (now): . geology
. possibility of life
. preparing for human exploration
New technology from space exploration
COSTS & FEASIBILITY
IV Cost, feasibility and travel time
Curiosity Stream: Destination Mars Part 3: The Journey
V Cultural considerations & astronaut selection
Curiosity Stream: Destination Mars Part 2: the Astronauts
8th Grade Demonstrate Skill in these Practices:
NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards 2015)
NGSS: K-12 Disciplinary Core Ideas
Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science--Core Idea ETS2: Links Among Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society
ETS2.B: Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Natural World.
All human activity draws on natural resources and has both short and long-term consequences, positive as well as negative, for the health of people and the natural environment. (MS-ETS1-1)
The uses of technologies and limitations on their use are driven by individual or societal needs, desires, and values; by the findings of scientific research; and by differences in such factors as climate, natural resources, and economic conditions. (MS-ETS1-1)
MS-ETS1 Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSS: K-12 Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation . Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. A major activity of science is investigating and explaining causal relationships and the mechanisms by which they are mediated. Such mechanisms can then be tested across given contexts and used to predict and explain events in new contexts.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Gr 6-8
Practice 8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to evaluating the merit and validity of ideas and methods.
Critically read scientific texts adapted for classroom use to determine the central ideas and/or obtain scientific and/or technical information to describe patterns in and/or evidence about the natural and designed world(s).
Integrate qualitative and/or quantitative scientific and/or technical information in written text with that contained in media and visual displays to clarify claims and findings.
Gather, read, and synthesize information from multiple appropriate sources and assess the credibility, accuracy, and possible bias of each publication and methods used, and describe how they are supported or not supported by evidence.
Evaluate data, hypotheses, and/or conclusions in scientific and technical texts in light of competing information or accounts.
Communicate scientific and/or technical information (e.g. about a proposed object, tool, process, system) in writing and/or through oral presentations.
NGSS: Science and Engineering Practices Gr 6-8
Practice 7. Engaging in argument from evidence.
Engaging in argument from evidence in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to constructing a convincing argument that supports or refutes claims for either explanations or solutions about the natural and designed world(s).
Construct, use, and/or present an oral and written argument supported by empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon or a solution to a problem.
Defining and delimiting an engineering challenge to build, test and assess the cost & design of books supports.
How to build Next Generation Science skills to plan investigations, ask questions, and make scientific arguments