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 Mission Day
How to Set up the Classroom

What Happens During the Simulation

Communications Center

How to Set up the Classroom

Room Setup
Set up the room so that students have plenty of room to spread out and work in groups. We recommend at least four large tables, with more added for more participants. Arrange the team areas so that team messengers can walk to the other teams without interfering with the ongoing work and without tripping on computer or printer cables. In addition, position the team areas so everyone can watch the large projection screen in front of the class.

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Set up one of the tables as the communications station at the front of the room. Adjust the microphone and camera so that the communicator (one of the students during the mission) can be seen and heard, with everyone else in the room behind that person from the camera's point of view.

  • Each team of students will need three computers (one for navigation, one for science/operations, and one for communications).

  • Be sure you have one navigation and sci/ops report form for each team. There are 3-5 report forms per 8.5 x 11-inch sheet, so be sure you cut them apart. Ideally use a different color of paper for each team.

  • Remember any data worksheets and any extra materials, such as calculators, or sticky notes.

  • The whole class should be able to see and hear mission control easily.

  • Note: You can add or subtract teams as needed. Each team is in charge of its own plane and does not depend on the other teams to function.

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