Marooned on Mars Introduction (pg220)

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The capstone project for Unit 2 is called “Marooned on Mars,” and it’s based on the movie The Martian. In the film, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded alone on the planet, and the nearest help is 140 million miles away. The question students will be trying to answer is “What would Mark need to do to survive?” or more specifically “How could chemistry save him?”

Mark is alive and healthy in the solar-powered living quarters, and he is well protected from the elements. So his survival will mostly be a matter of resources. In order to survive until a rescue mission can reach him, there are three basic resources that Mark must obtain: oxygen, water, and food.

Over the course of the project, students will play the role of NASA chemists, instructing Mark on how to solve each of the problems above. Unfortunately their materials are very limited. The mission was only supposed to last 31 days, so they will have to make do with whatever supplies Mark has access to: beakers, funnels, batteries, PH strips, waste-water, matches, sodium carbonate, etc. At the end of the week, students will hand in a lab report that details their instructions. The report must contain materials lists, lab procedures, pictures, and anything else that Mr. Watney might find useful.

Today was simply the introduction. Students took notes on the PowerPoint presentation posted above. Then for the last 15 minutes of class, they took inventory of Mark Watney’s supplies.

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NGSSMS-LS1-7
Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism. Emphasis is on describing that molecules are broken apart and put back together and that in this process, energy is released. Assessment does not include details of the chemical reactions for photosynthesis or respiration.
NGSSMS-PS1-4
Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Emphasis is on qualitative molecular-level models of solids, liquids, and gases to show that adding or removing thermal energy increases or decreases kinetic energy of the particles until a change of state occurs. Examples of models could include drawings and diagrams. Examples of particles could include molecules or inert atoms. Examples of pure substances could include water, carbon dioxide, and helium.
NGSSMS-PS1-2
Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Examples of reactions could include burning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, and mixing zinc with hydrogen chloride. Assessment is limited to analysis of the following properties: density, melting point, boiling point, solubility, flammability, and odor.
NGSSMS-PS1-5
Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. Emphasis is on law of conservation of matter and on physical models or drawings, including digital forms, that represent atoms. Assessment does not include the use of atomic masses, balancing symbolic equations, or intermolecular forces.
NGSSMS-PS1-1
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms. Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete depiction of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure.

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