Psychology - Middle School - Mission to Mars. I absolutely love this activity! The purpose of this Mission to Mars activity is for students to take terms they've learned in an introductory Psychology class to choose 7 crew members out of a possible 12 to conduct a two-year journey to Mars and back. This activity was designed to not have a right answer. However, it is meant for students interpret psychological characteristics about a possible crew such as introvert, extrovert, intrinsic, extrinsic, optimist, and pessimist, and I.Q. to put together, in their mind, the best crew.
Students will have to decide if they will separate members of a family, send a member who has a terminal illness, or send a member with a light disability.
I've always enjoyed this activity because of how much my students talk to each other about why they would choose certain members and not others. This has been a hit every year. The classroom conversations about each member has always been very enjoyable.
I hope you enjoy it as well!
Check out some of my other Social Studies products that have worked well for my students:
Child Marriage Around the World - PBS Documentary Video Writing Guide
Classical Conditioning - Activity, PowerPoint, and Worksheet
Defining Roles in a Family - Who Should Be Responsible for Certain Tasks?
Psychology Mazes to Test Adaptation with Different Perception
Social Issues Debates - Research, Writing, and Speaking
The Stock Market Investing Contest - Fun Class Competition!