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Have you thought about having your students explore the 'Red Planet' but are not ready to take flight with Canadian National Marsville (CNM)? Mini-Marsville might be just what you need.
What is Mini-Marsville?
Mini-Marsville is a scaled-down version of the Canadian National Marsville program and is an excellent introduction to the study of Mars. Mini-Marsville in scaled down both in terms of size (it's mini!) and in terms of complexity of implementation. Check the comparison chart to see the differences between Canadian National Marsville and mini-Marsville.
For Mini-Marsville, teams of students work together to create Mini Life-support Systems in two Mini Habitats which will be combined on Link-up Day to form a Mini Colony.
Each Mini Colony will demonstrate the students' understanding of the needs of humans in space and the challenges humans face when living in a closed system.
Single classes can do Mini-Marsville on their own, or several classes can do Mini-Marsville simultaneously and come together for a school-based Link-up Day.
The Mini Life-support Systems built by the students are modelled on those done by students in CNM. To see the CNM Life-support Systems, go to the life-support systems section, and for curriculum alignments and assessment rubrics for the CNM Life-support Systems go to the Planning & Assessment section. These will also be relevant to the Mini Life-support Systems.
The rubrics in the CNM Planning and Assessment section could be used as part of the assessment and evaluation of students participating in Mini-Marsville. The rubrics provided are samples and you are welcome to use them in their entirety or modify them as you wish.
We would like to see and hear about your Mini-Marsville project. Please click the link below to register. Registration and participation in Mini-Marsville is free! With your registration you will receive Canadian National Marsville promotional materials and a template for a certificate of participation.
Register now for Mini-Marsville