Designing for the Barely Imaginable

What is out there? Groups create an alien world and determine its characteristics. The groups then become mission planners and design a mission to visit another group's world in order to find out more about this world. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the world designers reveal only some of the information about their planet, so the designers have to design missions to find out more
  • Study the places in the solar system to get a better understanding of what we know about other worlds
Classroom Considerations
  • Some groups may want to find out everything about the other world; remind them they are to find out only a few things with their mission
Pros
  • Provides a series of questions to guide pupils as they create their world
  • Connects mechanical sensors to human senses 
Cons
  • None