Getting your mission started!

For a simple guide, check out the Teacher's Guide:

How to start

Model #1: The dive-in

dive.pngAnnounce that the class is going to Mars, that they will be in teams, that they will all have a role to play, and that they need to apply for their jobs now. After they apply for their jobs, split them into teams (see below), and start looking into the science. Once students have a grasp of the fundamentals of the science, what we need to live on Mars and how we can make that happen.

Model #2: The gradual approach

grad.pngRun a sciences unit as you normally would, then near the end, announce a field trip… to Mars! Explain that they will be in teams, that they will all have a role to play, and that they need to apply for their jobs now. After they apply for their jobs, split them into teams (see below), and start looking into what we need to live on Mars and how we can make that happen.

The major differences between the two models:

The dive-in has your students studying space (or other science unit) IN their Marsville groups. This gives the students more time in their roles, which helps the students grow comfortable in their roles and with each other, as well as giving you a chance to tweet the groupings as you see fit.
The gradual approach gives you more flexibility with when you approach your science study. It lets you use more varied groupings as you study the science basis for the Marsville projects. The heightened variety also helps keep the momentum flowing.

Tools to kickstart the brain

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Marsville SAGE 2013 prezi intro (reusable and editable by anyone!)