The Music Makers, The Dreamers of Dreams: Martian Colony PBL
“We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.”
Arthur O’Shaugnessy (Ode – Music and Moonlight (1874)
Today’s free LifePractice PBL recipe card is the “Martian Colony” where students are asked to design a plan for a Martian colony. Kids’ brains go into imagination overdrive as we weave in space science, engineering, biology, atmospheric sciences, technology, math, and yes, even pioneering history, if you’d like! Read stories from early imagineer, Ray Bradbury! Read actual primary documents from NASA about what Mars is really like!
Ask your young imagineers to write expository or technical explanations for the people left behind on Earth. Ask them to let their brains go wild with narrative writing. Create new space-level Jacques Cousteaus, as the kids take you through their new Martian landscape with a video story, complete with a soundscape soundtrack!
Build it big…big enough to fill an entire gymnasium!
Build it table-top size so the gravity of earth creates no boundaries!
Use a green screen technology to bring in the Martian landscape!
This is a wonderful project for beginning space science to the most complex engineering classes you offer.
- NASA: Rover Confirms Martian Life Could Have Existed (theblaze.com)
- NASA’s Curiosity Rover Just Found Water In Martian Soil (gizmodo.com.au)
- Star Sailors, Martians and the Red Planet (espressoeducation.wordpress.com)
- Stunning Martian Landscapes (maxshields.wordpress.com)