IB Science Project - Mission to Mars
IEGS recently had two classes carry out their group four science project. For this year student groups had to analyze, design and create a plan to rescue the science staff on Mars. The students were to imagine that in the year 2046 a theoretical problem of resupplying and keeping alive an eight person group that had an accident on a Mars colony. A total of 10 groups competed for best design and analysis to help with biological, chemical and physics issues. The problem solving ranged from how much food and water to send to what type of rocket and trajectory to propose. The winning three groups posters can be found on the Curie floor across from 5.7.
In the International Baccalaureate (IB) program all chemistry, physics and biology students join forces in an interdisciplinary activity. The group four project is a collaborative activity where students from different group four subjects work together on a topic, allowing for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines.
The group four project allows students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science and technology. Each year the group four project promotes the following goals:
- Develop and apply 21st century communication skills in the study of science.
- Become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology.
- Develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge.
Message students groups received to start the 2022 Spring project.
Date received July 20th 2046
SOS SOS. THE MARS COLONY HAS HAD A MAJOR ACCIDENT. THE SUPPLY AND STORAGE CENTER HAS EXPLODED. THE LOSS OF THIS STRUCTURE HAS ALSO DAMAGED OUR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND DESTROYED THE ONLY ROCKET
THAT CAN TRANSPORT HUMANS FROM MARS TO EARTH. WE HAVE SET UP A TEMPORARY ANTENNA. THE MARTIAN WIND WILL LIKELY BLOW ANTENNA AWAY ANY SECOND.
THE 8 TEACHERS HAVE CURRENTLY
EMERGENCY ENERGY WORKING
EMERGENCY FOOD RATIONS WITH WATER
USEABLE AIR FOR THE NEXT 7-9 MONTHS.
WE HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO REMOVE CARBON DIOXIDE FROM THE AIR. WE ARE TRYING TO GROW PLANTS BUT THE MARTIAN SOIL WE BROUGHT INTO THE COLONY CHAMBERS IS FULL OF PERCHLORATE COMPOUNDS AND THE POTATOES ARE NOT GROWING! CHEMICAL REMEDY SENT TO US? SEND A SUPPLY POD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN NOT BE RESCUED UNTIL A NEW LARGE ROCKET IS BUILT IN THE NEXT 24-36 MONTHS. WE HAVE MADE A DETAILED LIST OF WHAT WE THINK SHOULD BE INCLUDED. DETAILED LIST OF THE KEY ITEMS WE WILL NEED AND WHAT ROCKET WE THINK BEST SEE BELOW.
2. RUNNING SHOES FOR DR PRATT
3. CARBON DIOXIDE SCRUB....XHJJKFOIUDALMCMCXXXX
6. SIGNAL BREAKING
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COMMUNICATION LINK LOST BEFORE COMPLETE MESSAGE