Planet Designer: Retro Planet Red

What does the atmosphere on Mars look like? This fourth activity in the series of five is designed for high schoolers. Scholars apply previous knowledge to add atmosphere to Mars in an online simulation. This comprehensive activity includes pre-activity discussion, computer simulation, and post-activity assessment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Would work well in a flipped classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • Student worksheet found through link provided under Advanced Preparation
  • Students should read three articles before starting this lesson
  • All students need a computer than runs Flash
  • Prior knowledge required includes greenhouse effects, variables, and data tables
Pros

  • Comprehensive lesson
  • Applied knowledge using a simulator and connection to current NASA mission
Cons

  • None
Common Core