Welcome to the Fire Scene Investigation:
Tranquility Base live simulation web site. Here
you will find everything you need to run this
simulation effectively in your classroom.
The program is an innovative way to engage
students in grades 5-8 in the power of math and
science in real-life situations. The mission is
based on authentic space science and math.
During the mission students connect live to a
Flight Director with the help of computers, the
Internet, and video conferencing equipment.
The year is 2037. NASA has established an
outpost named Tranquility Base on the moon. It’s
named after the historic landing site of the
Apollo 11 mission July 20, 1969. The base is
part of an international effort to enable lunar
and Martian exploration, mining, and
astronomical observations of deep space.
The base is composed of several modules.
There is a solar storm shelter, living quarters,
laboratories, a greenhouse, a gymnasium, medical
facilities, and supply and storage modules.
Construction of the modules began in 2020 with
automated landers. They collected data and
brought samples of available resources back to
Earth. Beginning in 2022, four-person crews
began rotating in six-month stays on the moon.
Those crews began assembling the base. They
used an automated crane from the lander
spacecraft. By 2026 the base crew increased to
five astronauts. That’s when the base began to
recycle water and convert carbon dioxide into
The ten astronauts now living at Tranquility
Base perform a wide variety of research, such as
testing fuel efficiencies for upcoming space
Students begin the mission expecting to assist
astronauts during a routine fire drill on the
lunar base. During the drill astronauts discover
an actual fire in progress within a storage
module. During the past 17 years of construction
and existence of the base, no such incident has
ever occurred. Although this is an unpleasant
surprise, the astronauts and mission control
realize that the fire is an excellent
opportunity to conduct fire suppression
research. Several sensors had been installed
when the module was constructed, so there is
ample data to analyze.
Students join as members of specialist teams
here on Earth and use the data provided by the
astronauts to evaluate the situation and make
recommendations. They will make use of an online
fire simulator to model fire outcomes based on
possible initial conditions. Students will use
math skills they learned during pre-mission
preparation to calculate the oxygen and carbon
dioxide concentrations as the fire progresses
and to plot the data in box-and-whiskers graphs
to analyze the cause of the fire.
Recommendations on extinguishing the fire are
made from final analyses. The mission will need
members on the Investigation, Communication,
Oxygen, and Carbon Dioxide Specialist Teams.
An Adventure Brought to Your Classroom
FSI: Tranquility Base joins the lineup of
innovative distance learning programs offered by
the Challenger Learning Center and the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future.
Simulations are an interactive method for you to
effectively use technology in the classroom.
Research indicates that this way of learning
leads to improved problem-solving and
critical-thinking skills and teaches students
the importance of teamwork and communication.
Shifting to digital learning is critical to the
success of education in America. FSI:
Tranquility Base creates an opportunity for you
to apply various technologies and provides
necessary digital content lacking in so many
computer classrooms. The program's interactive
nature also gives students a chance to
experience distance learning through
simulations, no matter how remote the school.
Good luck on your mission!
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