Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Mission to Mars workshop

We attended a workshop with other home ed familes at the Hancock Museum today called Mission to Mars. 

The children sat on the floor for an interactive presentation about Mars, during which they were encouraged to ask questions and share their knowledge.

They then sat in small groups and thought about what they would need to build to establish a human colony on Mars, using information cards showing the types of structures which might be built. We worked out that the most important things would be a food source, water source, place to live and fuel plant for rockets and vehicles.

Harry has been interested in space for a while and we have read several books about space and astronauts so this was interesting for him. The thinking around building a colony looked at it from a different angle and took into account more general topics of what humans need to survive.

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