Lunar Life Support
To design and build models of life support systems for a settlement on the Moon.
A future lunar base will have to be a self-contained habitat with all the life support systems necessary for the survival of people, animals, and plants. In this series of activities, the students will be designing and building models of nine life support systems which are crucial to our successful settlement of the Moon.
The nine life support systems are:
Review and prepare materials listed on the student sheets. Separate student activity sheets are included for each of the nine life support systems. Spaces for answers are not provided on all sheets, so students will need extra paper.
After dividing students into teams, you may want to have each person assume a role on the team, e.g., organizer, recorder, researcher, builder, artist, writer, etc. Distribute a student activity sheet to each team.
Each team must define the requirements of their system, exploring how these requirements are currently being met on Earth. Team members will research the limitations and/or opportunities posed by the Moon's environment.
The "Moon ABCs Fact Sheet" and maps of the Moon should be used as resource materials.
Each team will decide how the system will operate and what it will contain. A key part of the problem-solving process is the students' ability to evaluate the system solution in terms of whether it provides the greatest good and least harm to the persons and things affected.
Each model of a life support system must incorporate at least four facts from the "Moon ABCs Fact Sheet."
Models do not have to function physically, but each team member must be able to explain how the models should function.
Have each team share what they have learned with the entire class.