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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. It is important to arrange the team areas in the room so that team messengers can walk to and from the other teams as needed, without interfering with the ongoing work and without tripping on computer or printer 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 that the Communicator (one of the students during the mission) can be seen and heard, with everyone else in the room behind them from the camera's point of view. This station should also have a computer with an Internet connection. It is highly recommended to hook this computer to a big-screen projector so that all the students can read the messages and data being sent.

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Classroom Materials

  • Be sure you have 20 or more Report Forms for each team. There are three to five report forms per 8.5 x 11-inch sheet, so be sure you cut them apart. Ideally, these should be on colored paper-one color for the Moon Mapping Team, another color for the Comet Tracking Team, and a different one for the Crisis Management Team.
  • Remember the data worksheets, maps, graphs and instructions.
  • Remember the extra materials, such as calculators, rulers, and compasses.
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