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To explore the properties of everyday materials and build a model habitat that meets the challenges of living on Mars.
Year groups: 6- 9 (ages 10- 14)
To explore the properties of everyday materials and observe how they can be used for building a model habitat that meets the challenges of living on Mars.
Martian Shelter activity sheet
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What you provide is your decision and may depend on what you have available. However, as a guide, this is what we provided to students when we tested the activity:
You will also need to provide the following materials to enable students to test whether their structures meet the various criteria they will be judged against:
There are a range of different types of habitat here on Earth. Although all habitats may provide humans with a place to live, they can be radically different from each other. For example, the design can be dependent on the location or additional purposes of the habitats.
Houseboats are used as homes across the world, in some cultures more than in others. As the safety of such a living place always depends on the calmness of the water, houseboats are usually found where water movement is minimal, such as in canals, lakes and rivers. The boat-like features of the structures and the materials used in their design allow houseboats to float on water.
Some houses have solar cells on the roof. Solar houses are powered by energy from the Sun, a renewable energy source, instead of electricity. That is why they are most appropriate for areas where there is lots of sunshine.