Set up the room so students have plenty of space
to spread out and work in groups. We recommend at
least 6 large tables, or more for more participants.
It is important to arrange the team areas in the room
so team messengers can walk to and from the other
teams and to the wall charts as needed, without
interfering with the ongoing work or tripping
on computer cables. In addition, position the team
areas to allow everyone to observe the large projection
screen in front of the class.
Set up one of the tables as the Communications station
at the front of the room. Adjust the microphone and
camera so the Communicators can be seen and heard,
with everyone else in the room behind them from the
camera’s point of view.
The other tables in the room are for the Planet
Teams. Each table should be labeled with the planet
name so that messengers from other teams or communicators
can easily locate the Planet Team they need. Computers
with Internet connections on these tables will relay
data to the Navigation, Cargo, and Transmissions Specialists.
- Be sure you have enough task card sets; each Specialist
within a Planet Team will need a set of handouts.
These will need to be copied, cut, and stapled.
- Each Planet Team should use different colored
markers for plotting coordinates on the wall chart
and for recording observations on the Problem-Solving
Chart. These should be color-coded according to
the five outer planets.
- Remember to display the students’ Planetary
Posters for Mission Day.
- Calculators, rulers, and pencils are also needed.