2013MarsJobHunt

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What kind of Job would you like on Mars?

 

 WebQuest for 6th Grade (Earth Science/Space Exploration)
Designed by

David Seilstad
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H
seilstad@iastate.edu 


Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page
 
Job descriptions and an interest inventory
 


Introduction

Mars has captured the pioneering spirit of man. Through many missions to Mars including rovers, mapping satellites and special probe missions we have learned much of what we need to know to live and work on Mars. Mars has all the essential elements for us to survive, and with some science and engineering, we can make our Mars living quarters provide all the air, water, food, exercise, temperature control and communications to allow us to live on the planet surface and study this extreme planet so close to our own.  It will take talented people like you to take on the jobs required to operate and monitor these systems along with managing the exploration of the planet. What you learn and samples you gather for study and observation will provide a greater understanding of space and to unravel many of the mysteries of the planet that were only observed by our previous scientific missions to Mars.
Most kids could only dream of the opportunity that you will have, to be included in the first trip to the Planet Mars. This is a huge opportunity and a great responsibility. Each person selected to travel to Mars will have specific jobs to do based on their interests and their skills. You will be able to choose from a list of jobs being offered to the crew. You will be one of the first to be given a choice on which job you will choose. You will need to present your choice in a convincing verbal and visual presentation for you to assure NASA that you are the right person for the job.


The Task

Task 1

Your first task will be to study the facts about Mars to better understand the task required to provide a living space for humans on Mars.
 

Task 2

Your second task will be to find out some basics on how we provide for these resources of clean air, water, growth of food, transportation systems, atmosphere, recycling of waste on Earth to better understand how these might be produced on Mars to provide a living space for humans on Mars.
 

Task 3

From Job Descriptions provided of Crew Assignments for the Mars Mission, choose a Crew Assignment and prepare a verbal and visual presentation to convince NASA officials that you are the right person for that job.
 


The Process

MarsQuest: http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/MarsQuest/Quemarsintro.html   
To accomplish the task, what steps should the learners go through? Use the numbered list format in your web editor to automatically number the steps in the procedure. Describing this section well will help other teachers to see how your lesson flows and how they might adapt it for their own use, so the more detail and care you put into this, the better. Remember that this whole document is addressed to the student, however, so describe the steps using the second person.

  1. First you'll be assigned to a team of 3 students...
  2. Once you've picked a role to play....
  3. ... and so on.

Learners will access the on-line resources that you've identified as they go through the Process. You may have a set of links that everyone looks at as a way of developing background information, or not. If you break learners into groups, embed the links that each group will look at within the description of that stage of the process. (Note, this is a change from the older WebQuest templates which included a separate Resources section. It's now clear that the resources belong in the Process section rather than alone.)
In the Process block, you might also provide some guidance on how to organize the information gathered. This advice could suggestions to use flowcharts, summary tables, concept maps, or other organizing structures. The advice could also take the form of a checklist of questions to analyze the information with, or things to notice or think about. If you have identified or prepared guide documents on the Web that cover specific skills needed for this lesson (e.g. how to brainstorm, how to prepare to interview an expert), link them to this section.
 


Evaluation

 
Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated. Specify whether there will be a common grade for group work vs. individual grades.
 

 

Beginning
1

Developing
2

Accomplished
3

Exemplary
4

Score

 

Stated Objective or Performance
 

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting a beginning level of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting development and movement toward mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting the highest level of performance.

 

 

Stated Objective or Performance
 
 

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting a beginning level of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting development and movement toward mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting the highest level of performance.

 

 

Stated Objective or Performance
 
 

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting a beginning level of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting development and movement toward mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting the highest level of performance.

 

 

Stated Objective or Performance
 

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting a beginning level of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting development and movement toward mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting the highest level of performance.

 

 

Stated Objective or Performance

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting a beginning level of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting development and movement toward mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting mastery of performance.

Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting the highest level of performance.

 

 


Conclusion

 
Put a couple of sentences here that summarize what they will have accomplished or learned by completing this activity or lesson. You might also include some rhetorical questions or additional links to encourage them to extend their thinking into other content beyond this lesson.
 


Credits & References

 
List here the sources of any images, music or text that you're using. Provide links back to the original source. Say thanks to anyone who provided resources or help.
List any books and other analog media that you used as information sources as well.
 

 

Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page

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