Timeline

Teachers sometimes feel overwhelmed approaching the dates for Marsville. The questions we get second most often is "When do I do this?" What it boils down to, is that you, as the teacher, can start Marsville whenever it best fits with your classroom plans. This guide is not a "must-do"; it is here as an optional way to approach Marsville. It may help you; it may not. Like everything else on this wiki, take what you like and ignore the rest. :)


Due dates

While Most of Marsville dates are up to you, there are a few that are set in stone. These are so the coordinators can get everything together and set up for Link Up Day.

Mission Patches: Mid-March

List of teams and Life Support Systems: Mid-March


PD Days

There are two PD sessions to help teachers who are new to the program and to make connections between the Marsville teachers that will help them connect their teams and allow for an exchange in ideas and information.

Marsville Training: Early December

Teacher Meetup: Mid-February



Timeline table

This is a basic idea of how Marsville would look spread over a 12 week (3 month) period. For more detail of what is involved with each step, see the Timeline Outline below.
WEEK
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=6=
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=9=
=10=
=11=
=12=
Introduce program
X











Assign Team Roles
X











Mission Logs
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Learn about conditions on Mars

X
X
X
X
X






Conduct relevant science experiments


X
X
X
X
X





Mission Patch

X
X









Life Support Systems




X
X
X
X
X
X


Complete all activities










X
X
Prepare for Link up Day










X
X
Link up Day!











X

Mission Logs/Diaries would be done throughout the program, if you choose to do them. Planning lunches and team uniforms would be done at soonest two weeks before Link Up Day, if you choose to do them. Any science experiments, team building activities, or engineering challenges you choose to do can be placed anywhere along the timeline you like.


Timeline Outline

Tthe following outline is based on what the students in your class will be doing over the course of the Marsville program. Feel free to adjust the timeline according to your personal and classroom needs.

Week 1 - Introduce program and assign team roles

Start:

Week 2 - Mars exploration and Mission Patch

Start:
  • Students learn all about conditions of Mars
  • Start Mission Patch
    • Start mission statement and/or motto, if you choose to include them
Continue:
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training

Week 3 - Science exploration

Start:
  • Run science experiments/activities to help students understand the principles of the unit you are teaching
  • Brainstorm various ways we could potentially solve the problems of Mars as a habitat
Continue:
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
  • Searching out Mars facts
Complete:
  • Mission Patches, statement and motto

Week 4 - Carrying on (Part 1)

Continue:
  • Run science experiments/activities to help students understand the principles of the unit you are teaching
  • Brainstorm various ways we could potentially solve the problems of Mars as a habitat
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
  • Searching out Mars facts

Week 5 - Planning to survive

Start:
  • Examine what we know of Mars at this point and decide what we will need to survive. Use this to base our life support systems on.
  • Design the life support systems, making sure they are based on good scientific evidence and use solid scientific principles
Continue:
  • Run science experiments/activities to help students understand the principles of the unit you are teaching
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
Complete:
  • Brainstorm various ways we could potentially solve the problems of Mars as a habitat

Week 6 - Refinements

Start:
  • Work on solving the problems of Mars as a habitat in detail
    • Explore different solutions already in place on Earth that could be used on Mars.
    • Examine theoretical ideas that could be developed to be used on Mars
  • Search out materials that could be used for the life support systems
Continue:
  • Design the life support systems, making sure they are based on good scientific evidence and use solid scientific principles
  • Run science experiments/activities to help students understand the principles of the unit you are teaching
  • Explore the various ways we could potentially solve the problems of Mars as a habitat
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
Complete:
  • Searching out Mars facts

Week 7 - Start of the building phase

Start:
  • The focus here switches from theory and planning to executing the pla. Construction of the life support system starts!
Continue:
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
Complete:
  • Work on solving the problems of Mars as a habitat in detail
    • Explore different solutions already in place on Earth that could be used on Mars.
    • Examine theoretical ideas that could be developed to be used on Mars
  • Design the life support systems, making sure they are based on good scientific evidence and use solid scientific principles
  • Run science experiments/activities to help students understand the principles of the unit you are teaching

Week 8 - Carrying on (Part 2)

Continue:
  • Construction of the life support system
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training

Week 9 - Habitat Preparation

Start:
  • Measure and cut the plastic for the life support systems
    • You will receive the plastic, measurements, and cutting instructions from the Marsville coordinators
Continue:
  • Construction of the life support system
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training

Week 10 - Carrying on (Part 3)

Start:
  • Contact the teams you will be working with in your Habitat groups
Continue:
  • Construction of the life support system
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
Complete:
  • Measure and cut the plastic for the life support systems

Week 11 - Wrapping up

Start:
  • Prepare the presentations for galactic visitors
  • Use leftover plastic from the bubble (cut in Week 9) to make 1/30 scale models of the bubbles to prepare your students. (if you choose to do this)
  • Create team uniforms, if you choose to do this
  • Plan lunches (to have as little waste as possible) if you choose to do this
Continue:
  • Mission Logs
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
  • Contact the teams you will be working with in your Habitat groups
Complete:
  • Construction of the life support system

Week 12 - Prepare for Countdown

Start:
  • Prepare the presentations for galactic visitors
  • Use leftover plastic from the bubble (cut in Week 9) to make 1/30 scale models of the bubbles to prepare your students.
Continue:
  • Mission Logs
Complete:
  • Plan lunches (to have as little waste as possible)
  • Create team uniforms
  • Team building activities and/or astronaut training
  • Contact the teams you will be working with in your Habitat groups

Link-up Day

Start, Continue and Complete:
  • Habitat Construction
  • Life-Support System Presentation
  • Weighing lunches
  • Design Challenge
Complete:
  • Mission Logs