It's a Mars Life

Course Overview

It’s a Mars Life is for any middle-schooler who has ever wondered about life in space and for those with a passion for environmental sustainability. Using the design engineering process, and challenging their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, students will construct their own sustainable systems to support life in space. Exploring water filtration systems and harnessing solar power for a comfortable life on Mars they’ll learn fundamental physics theories. Guided by our certified educators, students will develop their science inquiry skills and growth mindset in a practical immersive learning environment. It’s a Mars Life is specifically designed for middle school students to participate at home online through live and interactive group lessons. 

There will be a certificate upon completion!

Available in 2021
Background on It's a Mars Life

Humans exploring and living on Mars is the next milestone in space exploration. With no breathable oxygen, no surface water, freezing conditions and no protection from the sun and dust storms, Mars is a hostile environment. Located millions of kilometers away from support from Earth, humans must be self-sufficient to live successfully on Mars. Space agencies around the world are currently developing life support systems to ensure astronauts can create their own sustainable sources of oxygen, food, shelter, water, and energy.

 

Source: NASA.gov

  1. Introduction to the Mars environment through guided learning

  2. Introduction to human needs in space through guided learning 

  3. Introduction to environmental science theories

  4. Student-driven inquiry into Mars human colony planning 

  5. Follow engineering design process to design and build sustainable systems 

  6. Complete two challenges to test system design 

  7. Summative presentation on Mars human colony plan

Course Outline
 
  • Critically evaluate the Mars environment and sustainable practices to develop an inquiry to design a Mars human colony

  • Apply the scientific method with curiosity and imagination to design life support systems for Mars

  • Master fundamental environmental science theories and apply mathematic in practical activities

  • Collect, analyse and interpret data and demonstrate strong problem-solving techniques to refine designs and overcome challenges

  • Use clear communication to demonstrate understanding of the Mars environment and sustainable practices in proposed Mars human colony plan

  • Embody the practice of growth mindset principles

Learning Outcomes
 
  • Age-group Suitability: Ages 10-13

  • Small Class Sizes: Up to 20 students per class

  • Prerequisite Requirements: None

  • Class Format: Live online learning via Zoom. Practical activities by students at home. Interaction between teacher and students live online

  • Equipment Requirments:

    • Students required to supply various construction materials including everyday stationery items and household recyclables

    • A list will be provided upon course confirmation. 

  • System Requirements

    • A computer with a camera, mic, speaker (or headphones)

    • A Gmail account required for Google Class

    • An Internet connection and an internet browser

    • Zoom video conference application

Course Details
 
 

Classes

Period

Date

Class

Time

December School Holidays

CSAAU006

It's a Mars Life

From: Mon 7 Dec 2020

To: Fri 11 Dec 2020

From: 2 PM AEDT

To: 4:30 PM AEDT

Daily

December School Holidays

CSAAU007

It's a Mars Life

From: Mon 14 Dec 2020

To: Fri 18 Dec 2020

From: 10 AM AEDT

To: 12:30 PM AEDT

Daily

January School Holidays

CSAAU010

It's a Mars Life

From: Mon 18 Jan 2021

To: Fri 22 Jan 2021

From: 2 PM AEDT

To: 4:30 PM AEDT

Daily

Period

Class

Date

Time

Period

Class

Date

Time

Prices are RRP inc GST

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