•  Space Colony

     space colony   





    This highly interactive program requires students to seek a habitable planet beyond our solar system. The students zip through hyperspace to the star Pollux to explore its (fictional) planetary system. Working in small groups, they descend to the planets to explore their characteristics first hand, gathering information about each one. Finally, they apply all of this knowledge to select a planet or planets for colonization, based on its habitability. Students must provide evidence that their chosen planet will provide oxygen, water and food. An engineering challenge is presented at each planet to describe how to build a shelter using naturally available materials.




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    Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) MCCRS- RELA & Math


    PE 4-ESS-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers for changes in a landscape over time to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

    DCI ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
    Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed. (4-ESS1-1)

    PE 4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

    DCI ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
    Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, living organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around. (4-ESS2-1)



    Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


    Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.