What to expect on Link Up Day

Link up day is the cumulation of the entire Marsville program. Be ready for a fun time! As teams assemble in the gym at Maples Collegiate, habitat captains collect supplies and instructions from the head tables. Life support teams find their habitat group number and meet up with the other teams in their group. At the wigh-in station, teams weigh in their lunches. They collect their life support systems and get ready to go. Suddenly, the lights go out. The Marsville leaders kick things off with a short video chronicling our journey to Mars. Once the lights come on again, the Habitat captains take charge of their habitat groups and construction of our habitats starts. Teams are called up to present their life support systems to the galactic visitors. By lunch, we have a place to live! After lunch, teams weigh what is left of their lunches to see how much of an impact their remains will have on the martian habitat. Habitat groups come back together to show off their life support systems to one another. Suddenly, an emergency strikes! Each team is presented with a problem scenario that they need to figure out how to solve. They use the building materials they brought along to create a solution to their problem. Once the solutions have been created, the groups will bring their newly created devices to the galactic visitors' table to display. The whole of Marsville is given a chance to view the solutions created. Finally, students pack up and take their habitat bubbles and life support systems back to school. Our journey to Mars is at an end.

Link Up Day Snapshot

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Link Up Day consists of a variety of activities. Students will have the opportunity to share their system designs with other teams, use the Internet to connect with students across the country and work directly with Marsville mentors.

Habitat Construction

The day starts with a simulated launch to the Red Planet. Once student "land" on Mars, they construct their habitats.

Life-Support System Presentation

Students share their life-support system designs with other teams, mentors and special guests.


Teams have their lunch on "Mars".

Design Challenge

In the afternoon, Habitat Teams will respond to a simulated emergency on the Marsville colony.

Return to Earth!

At the conclusion of the event, students clean up and return to Earth after a day of exciting science and technology activities.

"What to bring" Checklists


Pre-cut plastic for bubbles (plastic is provided)

Box fan

Extension cord

Power bar

Adult helper (Habitat Captain)

Life Support Systems

Lunches (no canteen or microwaves are available!)

Name badges with role

NO PHOTOGRAPHS badges (if needed)

Emergency Supply Kit (see below)

Leftover plastic


Mission Logs



Stapler and staples (helps to build bubbles)

Suggestions for Emergency Supply Kit

Aid Kit by Slowtron, on Flick

Metre sticks
Coloured paper
White paper
Aluminum foil
Paper tubes
Popsicle sticks
Markers (non-permanent)
Elastic bands