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Tips for Building Temperature Control Systems

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Here are some ideas to help you learn more about your life-support system. Make sure you divide up the topics and share your findings on the Team Blog.

  • Examine methods used to measure temperature, precipitation and wind speed and direction on Earth.
  • Design and construct weather recording instruments suitable for Earth. How would they need to be modified for use on Mars?
  • Create a weather station suitable for the Martian environment.
  • Set-up a schedule for recording daily temperature, precipitation and wind direction and speed in your site.  Record these conditions at several times during the day and evening. Gather and record the same information from the other Canadian sites regularly. Make comparisons between the weather conditions across Canada.
  • Use the information you obtained to make predictions about weather conditions for your site and other sites across Canada. Check the accuracy of these predictions through the newspaper or Internet.
  • Look at heating and cooling systems at home and at school. How is the temperature regulated in these different environments?
  • Discuss different methods for heating buildings on Earth. Compare the types of energy used in different parts of the country and chart the results. Why are different forms of energy used in these locations?
  • Talk to an architect or engineer about alternate forms of energy used to regulate temperature. Consider how effective they would be on Mars.
  • Invent sensing devices to indicate when the inside and outside temperature of the classroom gets below a certain point.
  • Construct working models of fans and heaters that are controlled by switches, motors or the computer when the temperature gets above or below a certain point.
  • Examine clothing worn by astronauts when they conduct an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA). Why is this protective clothing required?
  • Design suitable clothing for the Martian climate to protect explorers who have to work outside the settlement.
  • Create a catalogue of the clothing from other sites across the country and design a Canadian/Mars company to market your clothing ideas.
  • Work with the other system teams to discover what additional temperature control needs they have.